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.

Outdoor learning: the secret to improving behaviour in schools | WWF education partner zone | The Guardian

Outdoor learning: the secret to improving behaviour in schools | WWF education partner zone | The Guardian

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“It’s all about purpose. Simply letting a class of 30 outdoors for a lesson does not make it learning. The children need boundaries, to be channelled with some clear tasks – but the difference is that nearly all of them will respond to being outside,” she says, remembering a time when her year 5 pupils spent time outdoors measuring angles on playground equipment and learning simple algebra using leaves and twigs. “Afterwards, every single pupil knew their angles and the basic premise of algebra – it was wonderful to see.”

Get Inspired - Empty Classroom Day

Get Inspired - Empty Classroom Day


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"Learning goes WILD on Friday 17th June as part of Empty Classroom Day – a GLOBAL campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play!

This is the perfect antidote to the testing culture – anyone that has seen the effect of taking children outdoors to learn and play in the real world around them knows how powerful such experiences can be.

Our aim is to get as many children as possible outside for at least one lesson in the school day and for playtimes to be celebrated too.  Sign up to be part of Empty Classroom Day today!"