Our outdoor classroom is currently under construction. Here is our intended plan for it:

We plan on basing our playground off of research done by the Dimension Foundation. Their main goal is to continue developing your child’s skills in an outdoor setting, not just an indoor classroom. It also shows the benefits of learning in an outdoor environment. The best way for children to get the most out of their outdoor classroom is to connect with all of their senses. Our classroom aims to promote the interpretation of all five senses; as well as the development of observation skills, math, science, literacy, and have a hand in nature.

The culmination of this research has resulted in a program known as Nature Explore. Nature Explore helps child care facilities to create the perfect outdoor classroom for their location. Our Classroom will consist of the following stations: dramatic play, art, weather, science, math, literacy, creation / building, music, climbing, swinging, sliding, crawling, optimal shade, water play.

Dramatic Play

Music and Movement

“Providing blocks outdoors gives children a chance to experiment in a setting where space limitations and noise from falling blocks are not a concern. As children build with both geometric and organic shapes, they are strengthening mathematical, visual-spatial and abstract thinking.”

– From the Learning With Nature Idea Book

Art

“As children work with natural materials such as pine cones or seed pods and arrange them into patterns or mosaic-like pictures, they develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the natural world, while strengthening skills in classification and close observation.”

-From the Learning With Nature Idea Book

Weather / Science / Math

Literacy

Creation / Building

“Providing blocks outdoors gives children a chance to experiment in a setting where space limitations and noise from falling blocks are not a concern. As children build with both geometric and organic shapes, they are strengthening mathematical, visual-spatial and abstract thinking.”

– From the Learning With Nature Idea Book

Climbing and Dynamic Play

Water Play

“Hands-on activities allow children to experience and change the flow of water, observe water currents, discover that some objects sink and others float, or predict weather a leaf will be propelled down a waterway faster than a feather.”

-From the Learning With Nature Idea Book