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Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor play & learning

What a full day we had discussing all things outdoor play and learning! Thank you to everyone who joined me today from the Okanagan-Skaha school district. In our full day session we discussed where and how learning happens in our schools. We explored practical applications of loose parts play outdoors,

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Outdoor Classrooms

Van Dusen – The Garden Classroom Series

Hello classroom gardeners! Thank you for joining us as we kick off another year of garden learning together. You’ll receive a reminder and the link each month from Van Dusen, so watch for that for continued access to the series going forward. Session Ten: June 10, 2022 What a year!

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Teaching across the curriculum outdoors

Bothwell elementary, SD #36 professional learning webinar September 2, 2021 Thank you to all participants who joined us to discuss how we might re-think where learning happens at school! Blog posts mentioned during our session Ten tips for teaching outdoors What is risky play Risky play with tools in schools

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Take them outside: why outdoor play matters

Child Care Resource and Referral Webinar August 10, 2021 Thank you to all participants who joined us this evening to discuss unstructured outdoor play and why it matters! The blog posts mentioned in our session can be accessed here: How To Build A Mud Kitchen How to build a bug

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ADST meets Magidome 2
Math Outdoors

ADST End of Year Project: Magidome

From time to time, I am sent teaching resources to review. I was offered a Magidome kit during the 2021 school year and was excited to see what learning this kit might offer our students. But, with all the complications of this school year, we simply did not have time

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Risky Play Resources

Risky Play: Why Kids Need It

In my work with teachers I am often asked what risky play is. Risky play is simply a way of organizing observed categories of thrilling play that children engage in when they test their physical limits during unstructured play outdoors. The term “risky play” is gaining momentum in mainstream teaching and

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water cycle inquiry
Science Outdoors

Water Cycle Inquiry

As a start, water cycles are best experienced, rather than read about. There is no worksheet that can fully capture the water cycle phenomenon, like being out in the rain in your community can. Encourage your class to dress like a scientist, and gear up for outdoor learning when you

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best books about rain
Book Recommendations

Best Books About Rain

If you are going to teach outdoors, you’ll need to make your peace with some rainy days. Rather than seeing rainy days as yucky weather to tolerate, why not look at rainy days as an opportunity to explore and play and learn about the water cycle in a hands on

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Inclement Weather

Rainy Day Play Ideas

Opportunities for playing in rain are sorely missing in many childhoods. It often seems like decisions to stay inside at recess are randomly decided after glancing out a window to check for drops of rain in puddles. One of the few benefits of covid has been an increased awareness across

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Building a tippy tap for a handwashing station.
Outdoor Classroom Set Up

How to Build a Tippy Tap

Once Covid became a realty in our schools, the urgency to take students outdoors increased. Across Canada, a return to face to face learning saw public health officials, district administrators, and families calling on educators to find creative ways to get more kids outdoors more often. Don’t forget, this blog

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