We've been fortunate the last few days to have the most beautiful weather imaginable. El otoño is right around the corner, so to celebrate, we cut short the amount of time we spent studying indoors, and took our classroom outside. In fact, moving school outside has some definite advantages.
Messy or big projects are nothing to worry about when you have a yard full of grass or a nice big patio to move around. It's so nice to break free from the confinement of a desk or table every once in a while. And little spills don't create major problems, like stains on the floor!
Changing the setting also helps to make class time a teensy bit more fun. And their involvement becomes more enthusiastic as a result of their happiness to break free from the "normal" routine.
So to liven up your classroom a bit, consider some of the following:
• Spend your reading time snuggled up in the rocker on your front porch.
• Spice up math time by allowing your child to solve addition problems under the big oak tree in your yard... using acorns as counters.
• Explore the concepts of standard and non-standard measurement by letting your son practice measuring steps, flowerbeds, plants, or patio furniture.
• Discuss the idea of an aerial, or "bird's eye," view by having your child draw a map of your yard that includes landscape features.
• Use a hopscotch grid to learn about even and odd numbers.
• Allow your child to lay on a blanket for however long it takes to write a story or poem about whatever comes to their mind.
¿Qué dices? You live in an apartment on the 47th floor? No worries. Get out the backpack and make a field trip to your local park. Your child will love the adventure of it all - especially if you include a picnic lunch!
Winter will be here in the blink of an eye. Take advantage of the time you have now to foster in your child a love of the outdoors. Not only does it awaken the scientist within, but it also paves the road for a healthy lifestyle that embraces physical activity.
Con mucho cariño...