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Art Outside

Everyone can agree that having less mess at the end of an art lesson is a good thing, right?! Why not take your visual arts lessons outdoors? In this workshop we’ll explore how your school-yard can provide endless inspiration for creative and imaginative artistic representations that are eco-friendly and consume

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Transition to teaching outdoors

What a fun night with colleagues from the Niagara District School Board! Thank you to all who joined in on our first session of the series. The session was framed around this blog post, if you could not register but want more information! Participants can access the slides shared here.

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Outdoor play & learning

What a full day we had discussing all things outdoor play and learning! Thank you to everyone who joined me today from the Okanagan-Skaha school district. In our full day session we discussed where and how learning happens in our schools. We explored practical applications of loose parts play outdoors,

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The Garden Classroom Series

Hello classroom gardeners! Thank you for joining us as we kick off another year of garden learning together. You’ll receive a reminder and the link each month from Van Dusen, so watch for that for continued access to the series going forward. Session One: September 23, 2021 During our September

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The Garden Classroom

This full day workshop provides a clear plan forward for West Coast school gardens. Practical tips and tricks are shared with inspirational stories of school garden transformations. You’ll leave with a comprehensive understanding of seasonal garden tasks. Read more!

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Math Outside

Math is everywhere in the garden! In this workshop, pParticipants will be introduced to hands-on, interactive, and joyful ways of naturally engaging children in mathematical thinking in the garden. Read more!

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Risky Play: Why Kids Need It

In my work with teachers I am often asked what risky play is. Risky play is simply a way of organizing observed categories of thrilling play

Water Cycle Inquiry

As a start, water cycles are best experienced, rather than read about. There is no worksheet that can fully capture the water cycle phenomenon, like

Best Books About Rain

If you are going to teach outdoors, you’ll need to make your peace with some rainy days. Rather than seeing rainy days as yucky weather

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