Last Friday the 5th grade students returned from their trip to Nature’s Classroom
At Nature's Classroom students and teachers have the chance to experience education from another perspective, outside the walls of the classroom.
It was a great opportunity to unplug and disconnect from all technology and connect with nature and the many engaging activities that were offered. There were science demonstrations that used fire to illustrate hot and cold currents and weather patterns, there where night walks, beaver sightings, bird calling, water bottle rockets as well as all students had chores associated with meal time, kids felt a sense of responsibility towards each other but they were also free to be themselves and enjoy the experience.
At Nature's Classroom students take an active role in their education by participating in exciting hands on motivational activities, which are both academic and enjoyable. The project-oriented classes help students realize the importance of their classroom subjects.
Students showed themselves to be leaders and took on initiatives that they might not have otherwise taken. Community and cooperation where an integral part of the Nature’s Classroom experience. Each adult was given a string w/ a bead on it. This necklace was to be passed on to a child who was “caught doing good”. Then the student with the necklace passed it on to a classmate “caught” in the act of kindness and thus the necklace made its way through the groups. This was a wonderful visual and physical way to acknowledge and reinforce kindness.
At Nature’s Classroom, a typical day begins with a hearty breakfast followed by a chance to clean up and get ready for the day. Students will spend the rest of the morning with their Field Groups, exploring the site and experiencing new challenges and discoveries. After lunch, students have a little free time for rest and recreation and then get to choose two Special Interest classes. There is a little more free time after dinner and then a variety of evening activities.
Keep the conversation going at home. Ask your student what they remember most about their time at Nature’s Classroom.