COURSE INTRODUCTION: THE POWER OF TEACHING OUTDOORS3
PHASE ONE: CREATE AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM INFRASTRUCTURE4
PHASE TWO: GET OUTDOORS USING ROUTINES AND SYSTEMS3
PHASE THREE: TEACHING AND LEARNING OUTDOORS3
PHASE FOUR: EMBRACE ALL-WEATHER OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS3
PHASE FIVE: ESTABLISH SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES3
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I LOVED the article on puddles and the video. I just led three seperate groups in an preschool outdoor program. We passed by one singular puddle during the program, and with every group the kids were drawn to jumping in it. In the video, I loved the concept of peep holes and her discussion of circles for gathering spaces.
It’s all so fascinating!!
I love the idea of using stones for the one of the gathering places in the video. This is something I could implement into my outdoor classroom plan.
Terrific!!! I’m so excited for you!
I always find the children enjoy learning and being outdoors. I personally enjoy providing stories from the heart and books to the children while in the bush. Loved the video. loved the different materials used around the space and the different dimensions that were created.
I also loved the letter to my parents. we send something similar out to parents but I enjoyed how yours was written Victoria.
Wonderful reflections. 🙂
These are so really good ideas to be able to to teach young children different concepts about protecting them and the frogs in their own habit by making a fence around the pond. Same with the being able to wash their own things of absorption and all the science items that they would be learning. Also bring in the culture of where this kindergarten class is from of bring that to the area as well.
Wonderful reflections. 🙂
The video that spoke of entrances to outdoor space was very interesting and personal. I like seeing someone else work.
Yes…fun to see other programs.
I think we really involved the children in the Outdoor Classroom spaces. If we give them the possibilities to create, to take part of it, to be responsable of areas, etc… the children will be proud and show leadership. We have to include them. Teaching respect of the nature, the environment, the forest make them proud to learn /play in an outdoor classroom like we have. Talking for myself, I always make sure to be grateful for what I have. Every day, I will stop and say Thank You to Mother Nature for what she give to us. First Nations are an important part of our society in Canada. So many times we forget them. When we go outside for learning, I always take few minutes with my students to thanks the First Nations to be able to teach on their land. When I organized the opening ceremony of the Outdoor Classroom, I invited a member of the First Nations… Having an Outdoor Classroom in a beautiful forest make everybody proud. The kids have real ownership and they are really part of it !
Watching this video make me think about that. The kids making the fence. Was a beautiful initiative ! Love it !
What a wonderful ritual you have incorporated into your regular routine. Gratitude for our land and educating children about First Nations. Lucky children.
What a beautiful space! I love the idea of children & families helping to build fencing for the safety of the frogs and the children too. The entryways are lovely. What a wonderful tour of a thoughtfully planned space. Lovely.
Fun to see how spaces evolve. 🙂
What an inspirational video! It made me think that I should have a story behind some of our favorite areas and incorporate into them the natural learning pedagogy.
ABSOLUTELY!!! How wonderful that would be to deepen your practice. Stories are wonderful and we all have them!
What great ideas! We need some fencing is different places, and that home made boundary would be an ideal project for our older classes.
YES…the more home-grown and self-made you can make it—at this point, the better. You have wonderful outdoor space-to make it even better would be to add these personal touches from the children. I can’t wait to see the home=made fence.
Great video, so many special places for learning! Love the idea of the children cleaning up as a lesson. Giving the children the power to control the amount of water they use is helping them learn to conserve a easy and clear lesson to help save our planet.
yes…it is the little things…
Love Claire Warden! What a beautiful spot. Love the idea of the stone circle. Incorporating history from other cultures too, which is something we must consider, especially Indigenous perspectives.
Adds so much to think about when we are thinking about Infrastructure.
Loved the tour of the school in Scotland. The director is so wise. I wish that we had more directors like her. I watched some additional videos about her school and teaching practices. Neat place!
Thrilled you enjoyed it!