The emergency exit to outdoor learning...
Couldn't agree with you more. I can't tell you how many "special" rocks my 7-year-old has stashed in his treasure box. He remembers the story behind each one, too. Those memories will remain long after his plastic toys have fallen by the wayside.
This is so great! Love the idea of them finding it and making it themselves. My girls would love just going around and finding things to measure.
I am quite happy about connecting with your blog. Your passion for the outdoors is contagious and you have helped me grow in a new direction. I planned our (not Halloween but) Fall Festival party on a half day of school to be outside. I invited the parents to send in snacks and treats as it was a party. I also told them to be sure their child was warmly dressed for a day outside. We had lots of rain all week so a few of my ideas never made it but we filled 1 1/2 hours with outdoor fun, only taking a short break inside in the middle. We hiked out in the 29 degree temp to our familiar vernal pool to check for changes. The children collected their own special sticks and we brought them back to class so they can dry out. Then we had recess and our indoor break. After that, we went outside to carve and cut up a pumpkin and apples, have more snacks with our friends, play in the small canvas tepee, and perform some of our fall poetry about turkeys and Indians with lots of room to run around. I recorded some of it on uStream so I can edit it and share with parents.My point is, you have reminded me that I can do outdoor experiences with my class. Thank you for that. I am looking forward to our next adventure. Today we will get 8-10 inches of snow, so my brain will have to work out a doable plan for winter fun.
GailThanks for such a fantastic description of your outdoor event - it sounds amazing and I'm so pleased you felt encouraged and inspired by my blog. If you go onto my official website www.creativestarlearning.co.uk and visit the resources section - there's a free downloadable winter wonderland resource pack which might help with some snowy activities. Best wishesJuliet
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