October 1st, 2018
Back at the college for another thought provoking workshop. I say that as a reminder, when I am feeling a little discombobulated to remind myself this is the time of tremendous growths. I love the topic of outdoor classrooms; but it is a new process for me to view and label my outdoor play space as an outdoor classroom. "The best classrooms and the richest cupboards are roofed only by the sky." Margaret McMuillan
Facilitated by Maria Cabal Garces, MSC, RECE: "In this two-part series, participants will be invited to rediscover their own excitement about nature and the outdoors, and to explore the role they play in children’s learning in these environments. They will embrace action research as a strategy that will help them analyze current practices, develop a plan to strengthen outdoor play, and create a seamless connection between outdoor and indoor play experiences within a framework of emergent, child responsive curriculum." The PRC Calendar,
In a workshop for outdoor learning, it was fitting that we experienced an outdoor Scavenger hunt. We were asked to explore the quotes on the walls, to find an area we were attracted too and one that made us uncomfortable. My favourite quote was, "Children who have interactions with nature, green space, and play 'develop higher levels of social cohesion and sense of community'... This interaction contributes to children having increased levels of of physical activities which in turn reduces unfavorable health concerns such as stress obesity, mental fatigue, vitamin D deficiency, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, and diabetes," Dietze & Kashin
We looked at goals for Documenting Observations, additionally, Elements, Characteristics and Tenets that Support Quality Outdoor Play, and Finding your Focus to explore Outdoor Play. "The Outdoor Classroom addresses the problems facing children today with certain principles, elements, characteristics and tenets."
This was a interesting way of processing information for me. When I worked through the Finding your Focus to explore Outdoor Play paperwork, I came to the following concussions: One area the causes me a little stress in my program is the log section. Specifically, there needs to be more pieces, which can foster more for disrupted play opportunities, My focus on the observation was one of the key elements, "the physical resources are needed to support the outdoor classroom." Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms by Elisabeth Jones
My classroom goal is to create more of this type of work space for the children. I have the bones already in place, I have some of the step logs there. However, I have put out a request for tires and poles from my families and friends. I am hopeful to create this for the children over the long weekend.