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How ditching the classroom boosts children’s mental health

The WWF sponsored a green schools series in the Guardian Newspaper Online. Written by Matthew Jenkin this lovely article outlines how “Getting outdoors can pay dividends in academic performance – but it also improves pupils’ concentration and confidence.” An Excerpt of the article is posted below…. Three years ago teacher Simon Poote spotted a disused strip […]

Raising Kids Who Care

Young children are increasingly engaged in structured activities such as dance, music, soccer and while these are good they are losing the opportunity for unstructured play and it’s hurting their development.

Playing in a playground where every tree is carefully planted has a different quality than play that takes place in a natural environment. Think back to a camping trip where your children played for hours barely supervised and imagine spending even an hour at the park that way.

Outdoor Camp Routine Ideas

http://www.theguelphoutdoorschool.com/core-routines.html http://toes.tdsb.on.ca/day/forest_valley/programs/index.asp Group Games: Choose from a variety of classic games including Prisoner´s Base, Mission Impossible, Royal Roll and more. Fire Building & Outdoor Cooking: Hands on learning will allow students to learn how to build a successful fire using products of nature. Students will try their hands at some simple over-the-fire cooking recipes including bannock while […]