Have you ever observed a child waiting patiently as an earth worm makes its way across the sidewalk or watched them run outside for the first snowfall? Have you witnessed a simple pile of sticks and rocks becoming a sword, a letter, a house or a playground when placed in the hands of a child? These educational moments did not take place inside 4 walls in a typical classroom setting; yet, we can all agree that there was learning in those moments.
There is a movement around the world to move away from screen time and return to nature. Studies suggest physical activity and exposure to nature are important to good health, and can reduce sadness and negative emotions.
If you see value in having children reconnect to nature; use these experiences to develop numeracy, science, social and literacy skills; while fostering a sense of community and connectedness to all living things, then our nature classroom is for you.
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