Putting the Early in Early Childhood Education 10.18.18

How early is too early for early childhood education? I’ll let you in on a secret—it’s a trick question. Because, as the saying goes, we are born learning! This common…

Peck Elementary: Exploring Connections to the Community Through Expeditionary Learning 04.15.22

…integrity, excellence, inclusion, diversity, strength of character and leadership. Like other progressive educational models, EL is rooted in a student-centered environment that promotes creativity, innovation, collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving….

Secret Agents for Smart: Thoughts on COVID-19 and Early Childhood Education 10.02.20

…a variety of dedicated outdoor learning spaces on its campus. Several acres of outdoor learning space will highlight different ecosystems—such as woods, a grassland, and even a bog with swamp…

Outdoor Learning Should Engage All Five Senses 10.02.19

…things, playgrounds provide an opportunity for children to learn teamwork, build social connections, examine patterns and experiment with cause and effect. The best outdoor learning spaces engage all five senses—seeing,…

Five Spaces That Advance Student-Centered Learning 05.31.22

…in many famous schools, like, for instance, the Crow Island school, you would be right. But, when it comes to early childhood education… the rules are different. One of the…

My Passion: The Value of Outdoor Learning 07.07.15

…adventure. That’s why I love designing for educational spaces, particularly early childhood and K-12 schools. For example, in an outdoor learning garden, students can learn about, either through planned lessons…

Kids: The Ideal Stewards of Outdoor Spaces 04.07.21

…happening in a manner different from indoor instruction, online learning or play. They can touch, smell, hear, smell and, if you have garden, even taste. (By the way, you’ll find…

Five Ways to Reimagine Boundaries 08.14.17

…https://www.cosydirect.com/early-years/sand-water/water-walls Engage the Senses Your outdoor learning environment engages all five senses at once: touch, taste, feel, smell, sight. And you can direct sensory exploration even further by creating a…

Building Better Brains 11.03.17

…development. Based on the research, we know that by using the right tools- singing, talking, expanding vocabulary, modeling constructive behavior and conflict resolution, enabling curiosity and exploration, facilitating engagement with…