What Is a Playground For? 06.29.17

…of the school, an outdoor classroom, a place for learning, engagement, social interaction…but most of all FUN. It should reflect the goals, dreams, aspirations and values of the school community,…

Early Innovation for Early Learners 01.31.18

…principles of the world, starting with simple concepts like color, texture, relative weight, and moving quickly on to more complex ideas of symmetry, proportion, geometric and mathematical principles and more….

Sticks and Stones: Uses in Outdoor Ed 07.06.18

…few ways to keep the “outdoor” in outdoor learning. Sticks… When a big storm blows through town and rattles loose branches and twigs from the trees, very often, I find…

Dover High School Wins National Design Award 11.04.21

…indoor/outdoor learning stairs. Among its remarks praising the school’s design, the jury wrote, “The sunken courtyard, which serves as outdoor dining, combined with the indoor/outdoor ‘learning stairs’ are an innovative…

What Does Your Playground Feel Like? 10.04.17

…leaves, rocks, sand, water, metal, plastic, concrete, grass. Each has its own feeling. The observation of children in their early childhood years, through the eyes of professionals who understand the…

Early Childhood Education Licensure: An Opportunity for Intentional Partnerships 03.02.18

…of don’ts, we as designers afford ourselves the opportunity, with our partners, to provide the best possible environments for young children to learn, live, grow and become persons in. This…

What Does Your Playground Smell Like? 12.15.17

…role in designing outdoor learning environments. The scents, aromas, fragrances and odors associated with playgrounds can be transformative, and to my way of thinking, are just as important as what…

Uniqueness of Place: Defining Locale in Outdoor Education 02.22.18

…valley? Each of your answers offers unique opportunities, challenges and limitations. Going beyond recording data, we examine what exists for opportunities of wonder, discovery, development and learning beyond the project…

Early Childhood Education: Where Pedagogy and Architecture Come to Play 08.05.21

…a scaled-down version of elementary, middle or high school design: lower the windows and drinking fountains, choose smaller furnishings and—voila!—you’re good to go. Such an approach would, however, do a…