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3 Quick Transformations of Tarmac into an Outdoor classroom

3 Quick Transformations of Tarmac into an Outdoor classroom 0

The health, educational and developmental benefits of open-air learning have been prompting early years classrooms to move outdoors for a number of years.  And now the need for outdoor learning spaces is pressing more than ever as a preventative health measure in the midst of a pandemic.  But many schools are challenged by a lack of naturalized spaces and instead are surrounded by an abundance of paved playground and parking space.

We look at  three quick and flexible ways to gain softened outdoor classroom space without resorting to jackhammers or bulldozers.

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.
Brand New, Unique Products from our Pre-Order Collection -- on SALE Now!

Brand New, Unique Products from our Pre-Order Collection -- on SALE Now! 0

We've found brand new and unique products in Nuremberg and New York that we couldn’t wait till 2019 to share with you. 

Find ALL of these new items available for pre-order and put them  ON SALE!

Order by the end of April to get 10% off furniture, and 15% off resources.

#MYKOOLCLASSROOM  Contest

#MYKOOLCLASSROOM Contest 0

Share pictures of your early childhood learning or care space #MyKoolClassroom for a chance to win a $500 or one of 4 $250 Shopping Sprees from Louise Kool, Canada's source for quality early childhood education furnishings and resources.