Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Outdoor Classroom

Many years ago we began to consider our outdoor playgrounds as an extension of our classroom.
Having already spent a great deal of time in the "forest" behind our schools we understood too well the importance of connecting children to the natural world.
What would happen if we began a collection of outdoor loose parts to add to our growing repertoire of  what we call "unconventional playground items"?
Could children do more than run about?
As always they exceeded our expectations. I find myself on a constant quest;seeking new items to add to a blossoming collection.
We garden, we invent, visit far away places, we think, make theories, build and rebuild.
Most of all we find joy in all that we do.
And we wonder what tomorrow will bring.

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