Spring is just around the corner...
... as well as being that time of year when parents are figuring out what kindergarten program is best for their child.
Each year parents ask what program or school might be best for their young one. When I think of that question I often go back to thinking of the words of wisdom my former colleague, Diane Gordon, would share with me from her great experiences in life as a Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher in a two-room school house in England.
She often shared with me how her supervisor would always come in, no matter the weather and say “Diane, have you brought the children outside yet?” And of course, Diane gladly brought them out to see the wonders as well as receive the deep teachings that nature had to offer. From such great guidance she realized the necessity for children to be connected to the natural world, often/every day.
When she and I were working together and giving trainings, she created an offering for families to support such questions, as well as, “How can my child learn all that they need for the rigors of modern kindergarten by being outdoors and playing in nature?”
By clicking the button below you will find links to what Diane titled “Nature's Lessons for Kindergarten Readiness.” I have also added other links that I hope you will enjoy and find benefit from. Even if your child is not getting ready for the Kindergarten experience this information is quite useful.
And, before you click to the blog page, if you will, take a moment to ponder the two photos posted above and below, and then ask yourself, how many of the educational goals that we are looking for in a quality school environment can I observe the children learning in these photos?
Is there an opportunity to learn math, english, science, numbers, colors, social skills, communication skills, and physical development with what they are doing? Could a teacher facilitate these things with what the children are doing? Do you think the children in both scenes are having an equal opportunity with these goals? How many of these goals do you value and are they present in the schools you are looking to send your child to.
May you enjoy!