Back to School: Teacher’s Organizational Post (Part 2 of 4)

Maybe the Boy Scouts have a claim on the motto, “Be Prepared,” but there’s no reason that can’t be your motto, too. Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to run back inside for something? The Teacher’s Organizational Post is … READ MORE

Back to School (Part 1 of 4)

Chalk dust! Art supplies! Curriculum! Recess! Yes, it time to head back to school. Whether classes have already started, or you have a few more weeks to prepare, now is a great time to think about your plans for the … READ MORE

Food for Thought

There are some who argue that the benefits of early childhood education disappear by third grade. Steve Barnett, co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) replied to this claim: “Absolutely not! A new NIEER study that provides … READ MORE

Food for Thought

These quotes came from the late Jim Greenman. He was a Head Start teacher and director, author, and parent educator, who valued children’s vital need for play spaces: “It is a strange time. We live in an age when our … READ MORE

Water Fun

SPLASH! These hot days make me think about the pool… the ocean… even a jumping puddle would be nice! Sheila Milnes from Pennsylvania State University is a huge proponent of water play for children. She explains that water fun can … READ MORE

Welcome Back!

Hi, everyone. It’s been a while since we last chatted. Springtime is busy at The Adventurous Child and at our Outdoor Preschool Store, and we bet it’s busy for you, too. School is winding down – or over for the … READ MORE

Why do children find the outdoors boring?

Inside, we tend to have lots of manipulatives for children: things that they can move and build with and adjust and change. When we take our children outdoors, we only provide them with static gross motor equipment or other static … READ MORE

“What do we want children to gain on the preschool playground? Are these the same things they gain outdoors?”

Yes! In many ways the goals of what we want children to learn in the outdoors are the same as indoors. The Adventurous Child would like to see children develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, etc. in outdoor settings where there … READ MORE

“What do we want children to gain from the outdoor learning environment?”

The easy way to create an outdoor classroom is to mimic how we look at indoor classrooms outside. At the beginning of each school year when buying equipment for our classrooms and setting up the space, we do not ask … READ MORE

About this blog

This blog is dedicated to discussing how outdoor learning environments can be as rich in education, free choice, and purposeful play as indoor classrooms.