How do you teach living and non-living? How do you teach the growth cycle? How do you teach about shadows? insects?
I hear these questions from parents, training teachers and SAU students as they try to learn more about our program and our classrooms. We are lucky enough to have a wonderful outdoor space we call the Beehive. This environment is my third and best teacher! It allows me to support and foster learning, curriculum goals, a love for nature, living things and the world around us.
As I was touring a family last week, the parent told me that they love our “playground.” He then said, “This area is not a playground! This is an outdoor learning space! Learning is found everywhere.” As he looked around, he looked at each of the activities being facilitated at that time. I looked around with him and couldn’t help but think the same thing.
Here is a picture to capture the beauty of outdoor learning. If you look really closely on the child’s hand you can see our discovery! (I’ll give you a hint, it’s green!) Happy learning!