While national surveys show most children spend very little or no time observing or interacting with their natural environment and surroundings, Ursuline Academy’s Early Childhood students are active participants in the natural world around them through our Outdoor Classroom. By cultivating and nurturing plants and other living things, as well as observing and charting the weather and natural events, our students develop an appreciation for their environment and increase scientific comprehension.
Our Early Childhood teachers actively use the classroom in conjunction with their curriculum to connect your child with the natural world and its cycles while fostering scientific curiosity. Current curriculum for the Outdoor Classroom incorporates weeding and planting a cold weather salad garden, learning and monitoring the benefits of earthworms, observing trees’ life cycles, exploring animal habitats, and exploring leaf and acorn patterns.
The Outdoor Classroom creates environmental stewardship while developing fine and gross motor skills. This exciting teaching approach transforms the academic and personal growth of our students every day.