Here is what a typical day might look like:
- Arrival: Students arrive and make their way to the covered structure for morning gathering.
- Morning Activity: “Meet a Tree.” Students lead their blindfolded partner to a tree to explore that tree with their other senses. The blindfolded partner is then led back to their starting point and has to find the tree using their sense of sight.
- Snack time around the fire.
- Forest Explore: Students spend time in a particular area of the forest building teepees, creating fairy houses and toad abodes, and expanding their ability for imaginative play.
- First Learning Block: Second and third grade are learning about plants for their science unit. They go on a nature walk with their teacher and learn how to identify edible plants.
- Lunch time around the fire.
- Recess: Students have a time for free play in the large field by the outdoor classroom as well as in the forest.
- Second Learning Block: Fifth grade is studying early humans and how we learn about the past. They replicate an archaeology dig by creating a roped-off grid site and plotting artifacts they find in the dig site.
- PE: While practicing their frisbee skills, students create their own frisbee golf goal using natural materials. They then rotate to play on each other’s goals.
- Sit Spots: Students spend time in their chosen sit spot to connect with nature and wind down for the end of the day.
- Dismissal: Students gather their belongings and sit around the fire to close the day.
Children and Nature
For more information on the importance of outdoor learning, visit the site below that explores David Sobel's 7 Principles for Children and Nature.
7 Principles for Children and Nature