Stories from the Outdoor Classroom
Today we thought that we would share some stories with you that took place during our outside time.
Although the outdoor classroom may not be as frequently "highlighted" in our blog, it is a truly valuable space in our school environment where valuable learning, exploring, collaborating, and expression take place.
Children adore "Backwards Day" and the opportunity for extended outdoor time that it provides as we begin our day together!
Do you want to make a house for Blue Blue and Mousy?
They could be neighbors. - Wilder
Wilder and Hugh construct a house for their lovies. With some help from Finlay too!
I'm making a house too. For Sweetie. I can make a house out of sand. - Capers
When his initial idea to draw a picture of Sweetie Dog in the sand house proved to be quite challenging because of the sand's consistency, Cape improvised and found a different solution. He created a person out of materials instead!
I'm so comfortable! - Frannie
Celebrating a birthday.
Remy and Bea decide to create a birthday setup for Dena the bear (Remy's lovie). Lucas joins the party!
Selling Ice Cream.
Cate and Lily have an idea to create an ice cream store.
Moments of Reflection
When we transition indoors into our classroom we sit down for snack together.
Snack time often provides a great opportunity for large group discussion, information sharing, and reflection.
Today, we asked everyone to take a moment to reflect on their time outside and to think about any moments when they felt proud of themselves.
We practiced intentionally taking a moment (perhaps with our eyes closed) to think about our experiences outside and our feelings around them.
Did you feel proud of yourself while working outside today?
Finlay: When I was building that huge structure. Blue Blue and Mousy's house.
Cape: When I made my house. Because Sweetie was in it but it was too tricky so I made a person in the house. I just collected some stuff and made it.
Bea: When I was making a cake. It was for myself.
Wilder: I feel'd big enough and proud when I was making that castle because we put Blue Blue and Mousy in it.
Daniel: When I played with Saul and we rode bikes together.
Cate: When I was making my ice cream shop.
Remy: Filling up the teddy bear's bath. I did it all by myself and Bea helped me.
Saul: What made me happy about myself is when Daniel played with me.
Michael: I can go anywhere (on the bike) and then I was trapped and I followed Saul and then we can go anywhere.
Lucas: I was trying to figure out how to put two bathtubs in the house that Bea and Remy made with their cake and I did it.
Hugh: When I made the door to our house.
Lily: Making the ice cream store with Cate.
Frannie: When I was playing with Remy and we was bouncing and it was sooooo comfortable.
Luke: Playing with Daniel and he was making a sand castle but someone took our bucket and then we just make a different plan.
Jade: When me and Capers made a traffic jam and the cars went into the traffic jam.
We are continuing to study and expand the work we are doing around sound and movement.
Today we introduced a new term.
An Introduction to Rhythm
What is rhythm?
A heartbeat. - Cape (recalling that heartbeat sounds follows a rhythm)
It's like up, down, up, down, up, down. - Finlay (making a connection to pattern)
Cate and Remy demonstrate their understanding of rhythm and patterns.
We challenged ourselves to use our bodies to demonstrate rhythm. We created different body sounds making beats to the rhythm of 1,2,3,4. Not an easy task for 17 people in a large group experience!
Then we incorporated instruments and tried to play music to the rhythm as well.
This is a band! - Frannie