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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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 Fall is a great time to hunt wild mushrooms! We eat some of what we find. Spore prints help id them.What do you do in the fall?…Continue

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Started by Six Athome Aug 30, 2011.

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Comment by alina coryell on December 31, 2011 at 8:26pm

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...

Comment by Six Athome on December 31, 2011 at 6:00pm

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.

Comment by alina coryell on December 29, 2011 at 10:27pm

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.

Comment by Six Athome on August 30, 2011 at 9:20am
Hurricane! This  is the time to track one. Geography ,as well as , history , consequences and science of weather.  You can get a tracking chart from NOAA
Comment by Six Athome on August 3, 2011 at 8:26am

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.

Comment by Dimity Kirwan on July 18, 2011 at 10:07pm

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!

Comment by Six Athome on July 18, 2011 at 3:59pm

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.

Comment by Dimity Kirwan on July 18, 2011 at 3:42pm
I definitely think that technology is important (i.e. typing skills are super important!), but it's good to have limits.  Most of my students don't, and to be fair, it's even harder for city kids to get that outdoor learning experience.
Comment by Six Athome on July 18, 2011 at 3:39pm

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.

Comment by Dimity Kirwan on July 18, 2011 at 3:02pm
Six Athome - that comment really resonates with me.  I grew up playing outdoors, and I feel that as a result, I learned to be more creative.  I wasn't allowed to watch TV and computers/phones/PSPs weren't the norm for kids in my hometown.  I want my future children to learn from the outdoors as well, and I'm dreading the arguments that will arise when they see that most of their classmates have electronic gadgets and they aren't allowed!

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