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Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers

Last week we had one of those teachable moments where we had to stop the math lesson and go outside to see an amazing sight0a Pileated Woodpecker going crazy on a tree outside our back door.  Here is a video I found about the Pileated Woodpecker.   Advertisements

Outdoor Learning is gaining momentum

Outdoor Learning is gaining momentum

There was a great article in The Vancouver Sun about a kindergarten program on Vancouver Island.  It was so popular that parents camped out in order to be one of the first ones in line to sign their children up.  How cool is that? See the article here.

back to school

back to school

We just finished our first week back to school, and I met my lovely new class on Friday.  They will be a great group to take outside and do some fun learning.  Hopefully I can keep two blogs going at once! I found this article near the end of summer as I was looking for … Continue reading

inspiration

inspiration

A couple of things have inspired me to look at my curriculum and to think about outdoor learning, beginning with TEG, but also very much a result of being married to a guy like David Ng.  Dave ‘s position in the Michael Smith Labs at UBC is often very confusing for me, as he has … Continue reading

Validation

Validation

Great quote in the paper today…. Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud-turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water-lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hay-fields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived … Continue reading

getting started

getting started

With so many great ideas from the TEG conference, it was hard to know where to begin.  But obviously the place to start, is small!  Creating a school garden is an end goal, but for now I will start with a class garden.  Thank goodness for Nancy, my co-conspirator and garden mentor, who happened to … Continue reading

the big plan

the big plan

Most teachers begin their summer holidays in one of two ways: with rest, relaxation, and sleeping in, or as I usually do, a complete cleaning of the house as it has been neglected during the entire month of June.  However, this year my holidays began in a different way.  A friend and parent from my … Continue reading