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Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide

Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide 0

Over 50 pages of great ideas, real world examples,strategies, inspirations and tips for realizing an Outdoor Classroom. Broken out by different learning areas, this guide will help you create a new quality outdoor learning area or ready your existing space for STEM, literacy, creative arts, construction as well energetic play. 
SWIR:  Strategies for Keeping Instructional Tools and Toys Safe

SWIR: Strategies for Keeping Instructional Tools and Toys Safe 0

With new stringent sanitation standards in schools and child care centres, is the only safe option, plastic toys?  Do we have to walk back the naturalization (wood pebbles, feathers, fabrics etc) of our classrooms? 

In this third in a series of blog posts on how child care centres and classrooms are re-opening while keeping both children and staff safe in a COVID world, we've organized some hygiene strategies for instructional materials and toys:  Sanitizing/Washing, Individualizing and Rotating (SWIR).

What to keep/cull -- evaluating your play materials

What to keep/cull -- evaluating your play materials 0

Versatile open-ended materials are extremely valuable learning tools.  But specific play materials which may have as little as one obvious use, in conjunction with open-ended materials can be an inspiring combination. An effective play to learn environment should have a mix of open-ended and specific play materials.  Here's a model to help evaluate the balance of play areas and materials in your class.
Going LIFESIZE: Where STEM and Gross Motor Meet!

Going LIFESIZE: Where STEM and Gross Motor Meet! 0

Large materials in your block play area can get your students working their muscles while engaging STEM thinking, indoors.  Learn how students can reshape indoor landscapes exploring planes and levels with Hollow Blocks and Wobble Boards and keep them moving with VillagersTrucks and Rigamajig machine building set. 
Building Minds and Bodies with Blocks... with Diane Kashin and Cindy Green!

Building Minds and Bodies with Blocks... with Diane Kashin and Cindy Green! 2

With almost 100 participants, Building Minds and Bodies with Blocks workshop in Oshawa, led by Diane Kashin and Cindy Green was a day rich in learning. 
Check out some of the posts and pictures at our hashtag on Instagram and Twitter #BuildingBlocksLKG