Getting into the Outdoor Classroom
"Are we going to the back?" -Janie
"Is it Backwards day?" -Maxon
Significant attention has been given to the persimmon tree in the outdoor classroom, so far this year. But what about its context? What about the rest of the outdoor classroom space?
The children love, even sometimes live for, the time they spend, outside, in the Outdoor classroom. And what's not to love? Especially given all the changes made with the strong support and thoughtful partnership of the families. The outdoor classroom has enhancements and new possibilities this year and the children are delighting in their free play time, rain and shine.
Outside, the children get to move and play imaginatively with more space, greater volume, with a different variety of materials and context than inside. It is also a time that further supports the children's gross and fine motor development. Running, bicycling, digging, pushing or pulling logs, balancing, hoisting, climbing, jumping, hopping, scooping, twirling, crouching, lifting, dusting, sweeping, and the list could go on for the ways that the children move their bodies, both independently and cooperatively.
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