Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Cognitive Benefits of Kindergarten in the Forest - The Atlantic

The Cognitive Benefits of Kindergarten in the Forest - The Atlantic

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"Something like Forest Friday makes a big difference to some kids, according to Minnucci. Once, she had a boy in her classroom who had a “hard time in preschool,” and during the first few days of kindergarten, whenever he’d catch himself daydreaming, he’d push himself to make intense eye contact with her—a strategy his preschool teacher had taught him.

“He already knew he didn’t fit the mold,” Minnucci told me, but when they started their Forest Friday routine, “he did so well outside.” He began to love kindergarten, and his confidence surged; the forest had given him a place where he could succeed. He became so enthusiastic about school that the night before Forest Friday, his mother reported to Minnucci, he’d lay out all of his clothes."

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Today's four-year-olds often 'not physically ready' for school, experts warn | The Independent

Today's four-year-olds often 'not physically ready' for school, experts warn | The Independent

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“Children today are moving less, they’re developing less well, and they’re learning less; we need to do something drastic to make sure children now and in the future get the movement they need to develop properly physically, intellectually and emotionally."

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The amazing Aussie early learning centre that gives children wings

The amazing Aussie early learning centre that gives children wings

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"We’ve featured some incredible children’s centres over the years – Swedish architectural masterpieces, bright and fun learning spaces in Berlin and groundbreaking kindergarten designs in Paris – but we’re pretty chuffed that Australia can lay claim to this stunner. Purpose-built to inspire and thrill, this early learning centre gives children in New South Wales a place to soar.

It’s drummed into us as parents that in the early years children learn through play. Yes, letters and numbers are important, but even more significant is fostering a love of knowledge. The Green Elephant Early Learning Centre has created the perfect environment to do just that. And it just so happens to be every child’s dream play space."






Friday, 19 August 2016

Love this. 

Sustainable Learning, Uruguay-Style
Did you ever go to camp as a kid? In Uruguay, they've brought the camp right into school.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Watch: Sir Ken Robinson shares five reasons you should take your class outside | News

Watch: Sir Ken Robinson shares five reasons you should take your class outside | News


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"What really drives education is curiosity, trying to fill gaps in our understanding," Sir Ken says, author of Finding Your Element and other books on creativity in education. "And the world around us is a tremendous resource to stimulate that curiosity."

He lists five reasons why taking learning outdoors is a good idea:
Nature is a powerful resource.
Children can learn through practical hands-on activities.
You can tap into children's curiosity.
It is a social experience and children learn from working together.
Learning outdoors is fun.

"Education takes up a great deal of children's time," Sir Ken adds. "This is their childhood, the only one they get and learning outdoors, working together, playing together is fun. It's about the quality of our lives and experiences."

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Outdoor Experiences for Girls Really Do Matter | Nature Rocks

https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/home/

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A bloody fantastic site. Everything you would ever need to link nature into your curriculum include a facility to design your own school garden.




  

Terraced wooden nursery school brings the Japanese landscape indoors Hakusui Nursery School

Terraced wooden nursery school brings the Japanese landscape indoors Hakusui Nursery School by Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop – Inhabitat 

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Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop was challenged to design a nursery school that not only included a variety of programmed spaces but also minimized the number of blind spots for safety reasons.