Learning outdoors gives the opportunity for children to discover, analyze, and learn from experience. Experiential and inquiry learning which are intrinsic parts of an outdoor activity such as gardening are characteristic of the way children naturally learn and are central to the development of higher order thinking skills, deeper understanding and inquisitive questioning.
Hands-on, direct experience in a context relevant to the child, a maxim for early childhood educators, is an appropriate learning technique for all children. Children need to continue to explore the world around them throughout their early childhood years.
The garden fits seamlessly into the curriculum. Every action in the garden has its roots in some school subject whether it be science or math or art. For the teacher-facilitator, finding the connections is not difficult. Children as gardeners can become highly motivated, goal oriented and aware of where they are going and how to get there. They are on their way to be autonomous learners.
Our Goal as educators is to spur our students’ curiosity, and allow them to learn at their own pace.
Nuttall, C., & Millington, J. (2013). Outdoor classrooms.: a handbook for school gardens. Permanent Publications.
12 000 square feet building on 3 acres with safety features including camera, security system and sprinkler system. Includes a 3500 sq feet gym. We are exceeding the recommended square footage per child providing much more space