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As teachers, we strive to spread learning both in and out of the classroom. What are ways in which you teach outside of the classroom?
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Started by Six Athome Aug 30, 2011.
Lately Max has been asking me for more one-on-one apart from the hubbub of his little sisters. Sometimes he wants to tell me something, but many times he wants me to "talk" - "Hey mom, give me an idea. I like your ideas." Is offering ideas for play or learning a disincentive for self-reliant play and discovery? Am I taking advantage of my "authority" even if he doesn't feel required or compelled to take my suggestion? He's not a pleaser, but I feel like I am missing something...
Nice,Alina. We have also had the fortune of builders at our house ! Read about it here complete with pictures. The idea that play should be structured would totally blow this kind of self reliance for the kids. They are natural learners.
A week or so ago, Max built his own lean-to using natural materials. His lean-to was so impressive that I asked him for an interview.... and learned a lesson. You can read and diy here.
Do you all know about Journey North(&South)? It is a citizen scientist observation for Monarchs Hummingbirds and other species depending on your location. It can help incorporate the outside to inside a classroom or home.
It is for free, with teaching ideas , standards, videos, ect.
I do it even when the kids are busy with other things.
Great resources - thank you!!
I work at an Outward Bound Expeditionary Learning school, so we do a lot of field work/long-term projects, and one of the big ones is "where does our food come from?" - it's awesome! I've been wanting to start a garden at our school but haven't been able to find the time between full-time teaching and running a business. One day!
My brother works for the Bronx River alliance. They have walking and river tours http://www.bronxriver.org/ as well as educational opportunities. Any time we are outside, city or country, we should recognize our natural selves.
Both my parents were from the Bronx but my Dad is where my love of nature comes from.
Exposure , links that bind.
Such as, where does the food in the store come from. It is amazing how few think of this simple connection.
I got those arguments now! 4-15 ages and all I tell them is when the battery goes down or electric goes out everyone will need to re-learn nature. We are ahead of the game NOT behind.
We are different and that is a good thing!
To come clean- we have one computer for the kids, we watch closely and often use no internet.
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