Learning in Outdoor Environments
There are infinite ways for educational institutions to help guide kids through their early years. For example, nursery schools, preschools and kindergartens, and the experiences they offer young children, don’t have to be limited to what’s inside their four walls; education can take place outside, too. The areas surrounding school facilities often provide fantastic opportunities for children to escape confined indoor spaces and open their eyes to natural settings that let them move, play, explore and learn in a completely new way.
In this very hands-on workshop, you’ll be able to try out new ideas and approaches for promoting children’s motor skills outside the classroom. You’ll also learn new methods for using outdoor areas just as they are for play-learning.
This exercise focuses on using various natural elements – light, shadows, water, grass, earth, sand, clay, rocks, and more – in ways that are both creative and practical. You’ll learn how to develop new settings and activities that will allow you to engage with preschoolers and kindergartners in a variety of projects and games outside the classroom.
You’ll discover how to prepare yourself for using outdoor areas for learning through play. Both outdoor and indoor “classrooms” can be allies in the educational process, so you’ll also have the opportunity to experiment with and understand the tremendous pedagogical potential of the various areas in and around your daycare center.
The concept behind “Outdoor Preschool & Kindergarten” is the result of my longstanding collaboration with Nicola Böcker-Giannini, a trainer and psychomotor education specialist with a Diplom degree in sports science.
a. One-day starter course
b. Two-day workshop
c. Ongoing support/consulting package
Whether it’s a daycare center, school, some other type of educational institution; a garden, courtyard, playground, or rooftop terrace – I’ll come to you!
– Sensory Perception and Communication
– Effective Internal Communications
– Perception in Psychomotor Education
– Outdoor Playful Learning & Movement
– Redesigning Preschools’ Outdoor Spaces
– Pedagogical Skills Targeted to Developers of Digital Products for Children
From incorporating a sandbox into a play-learning area to building an adventure landscape, this workshop focuses on taking a hands-on approach to the act of creating, and making it an integral part of kids’ own self-development.