Summer is my favourite month of preschool, by far!
We leave our intentionally designed classroom behind and venture out into the great outdoors. It is amazing what we learn when we go outside. As wonderful
as our programming is, there is no substiture for walking through trails and exploring nature - watching baby geese swim, searching for different types of flowers, and watching the environment grow and change around them! We are so lucky to have Gold Bar Park within walking distance of our school!
We start out outdoor days by heading down to the Park, which usually takes 15-20 minutes, once arriving at the park we take a bathroom break and wash hands in the Pavilion before heading to the picnic tables for snack. Our "centres" for the day include things packed into a tub that is delivered to the park in the morning - as well as the balance beams, bridges and sandbox in the park, watching ducks in the pond, and of course, running wild in the field!
Some things we include in our tub:
- A tree swing
- Watercolors in spray bottles
- Sun Art Paper
- Cardboard pieces and glue for specimen collection
- Mini clipboards + paper + magnifying glass for observing
- Paper with colouring crayons and pencils
- Create a story cards and pieces
- Seed bombs (seeds with dirt and clay - made on a rainy day)
It's amazing how the kids learn and grow through exploring and experiencing a natural world, from increasing their gross motor skills (the difference in skills required to walk down a sidewalk versus a hilly, uneven, root-filled bike path in the woods is VAST), increasing safe risk-taking behaviours, learning nature science by seeing and feeling and asking questions, and developing a sense of community with nature and others enjoying the park.
If you haven't ventured into the wilderness (or your closest urban park) with your preschoolers I highly suggest grabbing some of these ideas and go for it! You may find that they won't want to leave!