My students need hats, boots, gloves, and scarves to help us take our classroom outside!
My students are first graders at a charter school on the South Side of Chicago. Our school is committed to a holistic approach to education that celebrates and develops the whole child. These first graders are incredibly bright, creative, and eager to learn! They are a diverse bunch, representing various cultural backgrounds and speaking many non-English languages at home. Many of the students in my class are diverse learners. My students are curious, sweet, and LOVE to learn through inquiry and play!
Recently, an AMAZING nature playground was built in our urban community. It is full of trees to climb, animals to observe, and logs to balance on. As I watched my students at the nature playground this past spring, I saw a different side of them that we don't typically see inside the classroom. They were inclusive, imaginative, cooperative, and full of joy! They were learning so much from being outside in a type of natural environment that many don't have access to on a regular basis.
I was so inspired by what I observed that I began to read and learn more about Europe's increasingly popular Forest School Movement.
Forest Schools are exactly how they sound: schools where students play and learn through hands-on experiences outside, rain or shine, in a forest. While I'm not ready to move my classroom full-time to the forest just yet, I would like to incorporate more of the Forest School principles into our existing curriculum. Next school year, I would like to teach science completely outdoors. At the nature playground, we will observe plants and animals, study cycles of nature, classify and sort natural objects, and draw and write scientific journal entries. Like the forest schools in Europe, my hope is to learn at the nature playground as often as we possibly can, regardless of the weather.
However, I also know that we are a school in Chicago, where the weather is not always warm, and many of my students come from socioeconomically disadvantaged households. As such, I know that some of my students will need winter gear from school so as not to miss out on the opportunity to learn in our new outdoor classroom. My students will need hats, boots, gloves, and scarves. Thank you for helping to keep my students' hands warm and their brains engaged!
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|Kamik Boys' Rocket2 Snow Boot, Navy/Black, 2 Medium US Little Kid • Amazon Business||$56.99||2||$113.98|
|Dosoni Women Girl Winter Hats Knit Soft Warm Earflap Hood Cozy Large Snowflake Beani (Blue) • Amazon Business||$9.99||4||$39.96|
|Epeius Kids Girls/Boys Winter Knitted Infinity Scarf Children Warm Soft Polar Fleece Neck Warmer,Black,One Size • Amazon Business||$8.50||4||$34.00|
|'Boys Minus Zero Thinsulate Ski Glove 2 Full Sets, Green, Size 8-20' • Amazon Business||$11.99||2||$23.98|
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