OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT

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I feel that in today’s modern society, we are losing our inherent connection to nature, and it saddens and concerns me on many levels. It’s important to me on both a personal and professional level to do my part to connect the children with the cycles of nature. Much of our day is spent playing and learning in our outdoor environment, where we experience the nuances and changes of each passing season. My peaceful yard is surrounded by mature trees. We have a garden area with a weaving loom, a sand pit, a tree cookie path, a log, and a stump table and chairs nestled in the wood chips under a pine tree. Our large patio is covered for shade, and we have a grassy area for running and playing in the sprinklers, and for seasonal projects like our annual Pumpkin Patch. We have wagons, tires, balls, washtub, drying rack, water table, and sensory tables that are filled with exciting seasonal play invitations. All of the resources here are provided for open-ended play opportunities and discovery, and our space is an actual yard which is not intended to resemble an indoor classroom full of toys.