“But I don’t have time.”
No kidding! With the depth of curriculum to cover and all the other demands on teachers, it’s easy to understand why outdoor experiential education gets pushed to the back of the line. However, the Ontario Ministry of Education published the documents Environmental Education: Scope and Sequence of Expectations (1-8 and Kindergarten; and 9-12) in 2011. Both documents refer to field studies and outdoor activities, so the Ministry wants us to get our students outside. Of course, many boards of education provide outdoor education opportunities for their students at outdoor education centres and conservation areas, but there can be so much more than those rare outings.
In this section you’ll find links to great resources for your classroom and to help you get outside. Coming soon: information about outdoor education opportunities, and specific activities which you can use as is, or modify to suit your particular situation. We can come to your school and present a workshop to your colleagues, and we can lead your class through any number of curriculum-based activities.
It All Comes Naturally can also do an inventory of your schoolyard and local outdoor resources, and provide you with a resource booklet for school use.
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