Tuesday, October 09, 2007
One of My Children's Classrooms (Photo of the Day)
One day a week my children are at this location. They are outside in nature, literally in the places which are seen in these photos. This nature preserve is the location where a class for homeschooled children is run.
How great is it that on a weekday a bunch of homeschooled children have THIS PLACE as their classroom?
I think it is just FANTASTIC! I think that all of the children enrolled in these programs are very lucky indeed!
As a comparison, I have heard multiple parents voicing praise for "Nature's Classroom" which is a one week program for fifth graders that only certain schools and towns participate in. In that program schooled children go away for a week and spend a week in nature, learning out in nature.
My two thoughts on that are first off, I would probably not yet let my fifth grader go away with a full classroom of kids for a week.
Secondly, if it is such a great program it is sad that it can be done only for one week and only for fifth graders and also only in certain schools or in certain towns.
It is wonderful to be in nature and to learn about things while outside but it is a shame if a child has only had that experience for one whole week of their entire public school education if you ask me. I am therefore grateful that my own children have spent time out in nature on a regular basis throughout their entire childhood not just for maybe one week in fifth grade.
By the way I just read a bit about "Nature's Classroom" and the program which my children are in is quite similar, with games, team-building exercises and games, hiking and academic information being learned all while 'out in nature'.
Photos taken by ChristineMM, late September, 2007, in Connecticut.