Outdoor Classroom! November 2014

Outdoor Classroom

 

Two years ago, over 200 Early Childhood educators from Denmark created the “Children’s Nature Canon,” containing the 20 experiences in nature they believe all children should have had before reaching the age of six.  They believe that children who are allowed to test their own borders are better prepared for kindergarten because they know themselves better.  Below are their suggestions:

 

 

  • Climbing trees
  • Playing in tall grass
  • Jumping in puddles
  • Walking on bare feet in the snow
  • Observing a tadpole turn into a frog
  • Eating from nature
  • Swinging from a rope
  • Rolling down a hill
  • Building a den
  • Tasting the soil and sand
  • Muddying themselves and being hosed off with water
  • Eating snow
  • Bathing in rainwater
  • Flying kites
  • Tobogganing
  • The sounds of the forest and ocean
  • The smell of rain
  • Life and death
  • All kinds of weather
  • The beach, the forest, the moor and meadow
  • The feeling of holding a fish or other creature