If stepping outside the safe four walls of your classroom with your students seems a little daunting, we can help.With a little preparation, you can transform the space outside your building into an outdoor classroom!
Remember, whether you have a bare parking lot, an open field, or a 20-acre school forest, you have an outdoor classroom. You may find that a child who does not flourish inside those four walls will bud, blossom, and come to life outdoors.
Take a quick look at what is on your school site. If you have any of the things listed below, and we know you do, there are lessons you can do outside. Make a list of what you have and start brainstorming your lesson connections.
Wausau Area Montessori teachers have found that periodically moving the classroom outside has increased students’ interest in math, reading, and English. For example, the teachers at Wausau Area Montessori teach perimeter to students by having them walk the outer edge of their school grounds – a lesson that can be easily expanded in the classroom.
If this is new to you, don’t worry about perfection, but think about improvement when you reflect. Just like with all other lessons, decide what went well and what could be improved. Use your students and the assessment portion of the lesson just like you would in your indoor classroom. Remember, the goal – learning – is the same!