Many schools feel pressure to use every minute of the school day to teach “academic” subjects, and so recess hits the chopping block, along with arts and other essentials. At FSM, we have recess for every student, every day. Why?
Each time my kindergarten class and I are outdoors together there is value and great learning going on. I take my kindergartners outside often, to the park, side of the schoolyard, and hiking to the community garden.
Seventh and eighth grade students are visiting Minnesota’s Crosby Farm Regional Park along the Mississippi River once a month for the entire school year. This interdisciplinary exploration combines math, science, geography, and writing with a focus on environmental education.
My Prairie class students do! Owls are the topic of our first student-generated project of the year.