Here at The Adventurous Child, we’ve been on a kick about assessment lately. Check this quote out:
“Assessment is an integrative process…. Learning is personal, active, and genuine; discovery invites mastery and empowerment; delight feeds passion and a quest for more; and determination nurtures confidence and creates a sense that learning is forever” (Hughes & Gullo, 2010, p. 58-90).
Until approximately age 6, children are concrete learners rather than abstract learners. Engaging them in their senses – hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and touching – is the most effective way for them to learn. Young children require tangible methods for really learning phenomena.
For example, weather is a great topic to teach young children. But why not teach it to them outside? By only discussing the phenomena of weather indoors, children are being denied opportunities to truly experience nature’s mercurial ways. Reading a book or watching a movie clip is incomparable to taking them outside during a light rain shower, when they can see the clear drops, feel their wetness, taste the water, smell them, and hear their pitter-patter against the ground.
A multidisciplinary approach to learning is imperative for expanding children’s learning. Why not integrate learning, discovery, delight, and determination with the Weather Station Learning Center?
With the Weather Station Learning Center in your outdoor classroom, kids will:
- Measure water collected in the rain gauge
- Observe the weather vane to note the wind’s direction
- Using the barometer and temperature gauges, discern variation (whether they are reading the numbers or simply observing the change)
- Become capable of documenting weather at the weather weekly panel
- Examine tiny creatures with the magnifying glass located in the activity platform
Check out all of our products to find other ways to integrate different types of learning into your outdoor classrooms.