Love outdoor learning – day 5 of 30 days wild

Day 5 of #30dayswildForest School!
Tuesday is usually forest school day for us at Ace Forest School.


Forest school is a fantastic learning experience for children. We are lucky enough to have Ace Forest School locally which caters to children from birth and up as they have forest school playgroup. Most forest school cater from pre-school and up and are happy to take classes of up to 30 children during a session. During a forest school session children tend to learn about fire safety and often get to cook some food on a fire. They also get to handle tools and most importantly get to grips with the outdoors through mud kitchens, muddy puddles, climbing trees. The opportunities are endless. There are so many opportunities in the outdoors including maths and literacy. Here are 35 ideas for outdoor learning that include maths and literacy among some other lovely ideas:

http://nurturestore.co.uk/forest-school-activities

Today we took part in some lovely activities at Ace Forest School, we did some leaf threading – all you need are some nice strong leafs, a hole punch and some wool. We also made some ladybirds – this included some wood cookies/slices, some paint and some corks or anything that will print a round shape. Our lovely forest school leader Jane provided us with edible paint incase any of the little ones fancied a taste and they did some printing and once it was dry they could decorate their ladybirds with some black dots.

Some of our favourite activities at forest school are the mud kitchen, the treasure basket (you can create your own with some outdoor goodies you collect, such as acorns, sticks, stones etc), playing hide and seek and also going on a bug hunt. Using magnifiers to have a good look at some little bugs can provide lots of fun and an opportunity to embrace learning across the curriculums. But these activities are to name just a few. 

Forest schools are available to settings and schools for block sessions or one offs. Forest schools are becoming widely available to children on weekends, so even if your child’s setting isn’t involved in one it doesn’t mean you can find one yourself. Some nurseries offer forest school as part of there curriculum, either on site on a small scale or at a separate site. A fantastic setting that offers this in the Liverpool area is Dukes and Duchesses Day Nursery. 

The forest school association offers a lot of information about forest school including its rich history and the learning opportunities it holds http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/what-is-forest-school/

But don’t worry if you can’t get to a forest school, there is plenty of fun to be had in your local woods or national parks, or even in your own garden. Let children take risks, climb trees, look a buys, dig in the mud and jump in muddy puddles. 
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

(Non of the organisations mentioned are affiliates, just some examples of outstanding provision).

Love Sharing – the power of imagination 

This is a fantastic example of the power imagination holds!

Support children’s imagination through sustained shared thinking. 

Here is a lovely little piece about jargon busting sustained shared thinking 

http://little-blossoms-childminding.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/what-is-sustained-shared-thinking.html?m=1 

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x

Love outdoor learning – 30 days wild

Day 4 of #30dayswild. Today we went to visit the farm!

The farm gave lots of great learning opportunities for my little boy, who is currently fascinated with making animal noises. He can currently do baa, moo, quack and neigh. All of which he got to practice today. As of today he can now say chicken, which he was excited to practice at the farm today.

Farms can provide lots of learning experiences for children as soon as they can walk, it’s fantastic or children to see animals up close and personal, rather than in a book. If your local farm is like ours they typically have a small petting area and also a play area, which make a visit to the farm even more worth while.

Farms are great for nursery and school trips, so why not arrange to take your class to a local farm. For older children learning about life cycle, food chains and habitats this can be an exciting visit. Today we got to see the baby chicks, you can talk about how they’ve changed, the ones we saw had started to change from that lovely yellow colour and have developed darker wings. We also saw some baby goats and sheep and cows, teach children about the different names for these kids, lambs and calfs. If your lucky enough your farm may have somewhere you can see the cows being milked, which is a great learning experience and opportunity to talk about where our food comes from.

No matter what you do at the farm, children are bound to love it.

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x

Love Sharing – Natural Resources 

Just spotted this on Instagram, some lovely ideas for anyone who’s been collecting some rocks during their 30 days wild challenge.

http://www.youclevermonkey.com/2016/06/25-diy-rock-art-projects-to-make.html?m=1

If anyone has any ideas on resources you can create from goodies you collect in nature, please share in the comments as I would love to share some.

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

Love Wildlife – 30 days of Wild 

For day 3 of #30dayswild I took an idea from the Wildlife Trust’s inspiring ideas to stay wild wherever you are, which you receive when you sign up for your 30 day challenge. Today we watched a wild webcam. 

Using webcam feeds and also online videos can be a helpful way of embracing themes and subjects within settings, as well as giving children an opportunity to see things they may not have the chance to see even on trips to the farm or zoo. It can support children’s individual interests too.
Here are a few to start you off:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/videosandwebcams/webcams/?gclid=CjwKEAjwkPS6BRD2ioKR7K245jASJAD1ZqHOQaZqxphXUNJmGPLwUO2SN89b-s7ovtfAul8KjIwvmBoC6QPw_wcB
http://mobile.wildlifetrusts.org/site/wildlifetrusts?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wildlifetrusts.org%2Fwebcams&utm_referrer=#2860
http://www.simonkingwildlife.com/page/live-cams#wpHeaderArea_guide/latlng:54.559323,-4.174804999999992/6//
Depending on the time of year you can use webcams to look at life cycles such as seeing chicks hatch, you can also use them to look at habitats. One of my favourites are safari cams, you get to see wild animals in their own habitats rather than behind barriers in the zoo. My little boy is currently interested in making animals noises, especially lions, monkeys and elephants. These types of videos are an excellent way to capture his interest and improve his understanding of these animals, the way they look, move and sound. 
I hope you can use this post to support and build on interests and curriculum within your own settings and at home.
Love Early Education

Love, Kylie x 

Love Outdoor Learning – Day 2 of the 30 days of Wild challenge

Day 2 of the 30 days of wild challenge. When I say we went in the garden it doesn’t sound very exciting but there is a down pour of rain here! It’s so wet out I couldn’t use my phone long enough to get a photo as it was getting soaked! 

So today we got our wet suits and wellies on and went in our garden for a good old splash in the puddles! My little boy loved it, as did I, it’s amazing how refreshing going out in the rain could be.
Going out in the rain can provide plenty of learning activities. 

Here’s 50 ways to play in the rain from brought to you by Mother Natured:

50 Ways to Play in the Rain!

The experience of playing in the rain can be rich in language, talking about the sound, how it feels, how it looks. Don’t forgot singing in the rain, here are a few nursery rhymes about rain:

Rainy Day Nursery Rhymes

Splashing in puddles, jumping, running and for my little boy throwing a ball into puddles are all fantastic for physical development. Embrace a child’s interests and schemas throughout outdoor learning. 

For older children you can talk about the weather, why does it rain? When does it rain?
For maths why not put some containers out and measure how many inches of rain falls, or how much falls in fluid measurements depending what containers you have to hand, if you’ve got jugs or plastic boxes you’ll be surprised the fun you can have. Or make a home made gauge:

Homemade Rain Gauge

How about some rain painting:

Rain Painting

https://mobile.twitter.com/MontgomeryPrima/status/431035804652421120

With all this fun to be had, who would want to stay inside when it’s raining!

Please feel free to share your rainy days outside.

Love Early Education 

Love, Kylie x