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, and how teachers can shift their practice to capture the curricular learning that emerges in outdoor play without paper and pencil tasks. We took a deep dive into risky play and how we might support the social-emotional and physical health benefits it provides for our learners. I look forward to hearing how this is enacted in your own practice!

I am unable to post the slides from our session because the file is simply too large. I will link blog posts you might find helpful from our conversation today below:

Blog Posts

Transition to teaching outdoors

What to wear teaching outdoors

Best kid clothing for teaching outdoors

School garden grants

How to build a tippy tap

How to build a mud kitchen

How to build a bug hotel

How to grow a dinosaur garden

How to build a music wall

Garden vocabulary

Story telling in nature

Garden story stones

Best anchor texts for math outdoors

Best anchor texts for using loose parts outdoors

Pumpkin math

Pumpkin STEM

What is risky play?

Risky play with tools at school

Risky play in the fog

Risky play with height at school

Remembrance day poppies

Water cycle inquiry

Best books about rain

How to grow a butterfly garden

The tomatosphere project

Planting a promise project with Ag in the classroom

Sit spot instructional video

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