Leaf printing

Leaf printing

Since we had such a great time exploring leaves this week, we continued with a great art activity from “that artist woman” (greatest site for art activities ever!) See how the art turned out by visiting kateclass.wordpress.com.

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.

Leaf Identification

Leaf Identification

With a bit of a windstorm last night, and a beautiful, sunny day today, it was a great time to get outside and look at the leaves.  We began by looking at a leaf identification sheet and learning about the different shapes of leaves, and their margins (the edge of the leaf). We then headed … Continue reading

Writing Workshop in the Outdoors

Writing Workshop in the Outdoors

We have been having such nice weather that it is absolutely necessary to get outside and enjoy it!  We went outside for two writing times and enjoyed our surroundings, looking and listening and then doing some writing. One thing we did observe and wonder about was “What is on these leaves?”.  The students went home … Continue reading

First day of outdoor learning!

First day of outdoor learning!

Today was our first official day of Outdoor Learning (that’s what we’re calling it!) Today we talked about all the different kinds of lines and shapes you can find in our world (part of our fine arts curriculum- describe and apply  the visual elements of colour, shape, line, and texture). Before going outside, we talked about the rules … Continue reading

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