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Outdoor Education - Part 3

Angela Boothby

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  • January 16, 2019
    10:45 AM
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Still and I thank you so much when Sagan learned that we have the ability to pas Lord this this time is going Wally really fast and I feel like I am not accomplishing anything that you want me to accomplish I just ask for that you slow me down and help to order my thoughts so that way lower that these parents can feel and powered and have the tools they need to be the educators that you called them to be and Lord we just give you this time we surrender to you Lord use it to your honor and glory and we think you and praise you so much for our children in your name and all right so moving on to mass then. And I'm just going to cover a couple of ideas but I wanted to to go back to one more idea for a science idea and that is with a set spot one thing that I do know the sense pot is I let the kids take the yarn and they are not a square and I kept it kind of small because the ideas for the not necessarily to play but to observe I'm teaching our children to observe is huge it's super important to teach them how to observe and avoid having to be doing things they don't always need to be using their hands they don't always they can learn to just sit and watch the world around them and so I you need to decide how big the square needs to be cut it really depends on what's available to you in your terrain and what your landscape looks like but what's really cool of that sissified is they can watch it change through the seasons OK they can watch what wildlife comes to certain parts of the seasons they can experience green buds on a tree they can watch please change color you know and so the idea is in that sense spot it can be a different than the others to spot if you want but this kind of says 5 just helps them to watch the seasons come and go and whatever help happens another really cool idea is lasting for science is a micro hike which means that you don't go very far but you use your magnifying glass and you realize there's a literally a whole world and a little foot by foot space there's a whole lot of life down there that we know very little about a foot by foot like I just start out very small for a micro hike because otherwise they get bored really quick and they're like oh there must be something somewhere else like no dig deeper stop dig deeper and what else there is there's gotta be life there let's keep looking you know and and teaching them teaching them I think to stop is a huge life lesson it's very necessary to be a very positive citizen in our environments is just to stop reflect before I just spew out any answers you know like I think there's just so many life lessons and character building that you're doing for them by teaching them to stop. OK So moving on to mass. I'm cool ideas with mass. You know what is math the students need to get into groups and take 12 large and 12 small sticks the challenge is to make a shape or a picture that contains the most states possible All right so this is a big upper greater level challenge and this is a Laura grade level challenge OK The challenge is that in here on the chalkboard create a chart of math concepts using chalk the groups have to identify few colors encode the different Actually it's examples circle and read all the right angles this is a great way to it reinforce math concepts and you can take it a step further where you have your older graders doing surface area parameter value OK so instead of just looking at that wonderful textbook which says you know find the surface area of the cylinder now whatever next whatever a giant shape they constructed inside is going to be all sorts of shapes and what's really cool is they're going to be really difficult shapes that don't follow the perfect rules but we know we have the ability and the formulas to solve these OK. So this is where this is where with Madoff you have to it's it's it's a lot more difficult because the way our math curriculum is set up is very much like you need these steps to accomplish this and you need these tests and so if you're not a mathematician it can be very Dr Dean to look at a math book and be like oh yeah I can step away from my math book and they'll be successful in math nomic specially as an upper grader so what I encourage people to do is do one creative effort you're teaching upper graders because I think it's more worth it to stick to the math book as an up or greater than to have them not be able to follow the sequence of steps because it's essential if they want to be you don't want them to be like I can't do math I'm not going to become an engineer you know what I'm saying and so as a little kid teacher I think it's OK to step away from the math book and you'll still get the general concept but as an older one if you're not sure you can do it use a math book because I just I've seen that work people I just can't do math and then they really have a creative engineering kind of mind but the fact that so much of math classes in college like I can't do I won't do it and that's too bad you know I'm saying so don't don't be so terrified I mean don't be so scared of your book that you completely distract them like no use a book that's fine and all you could do is simply do practical math once a week. And that's that's good that's awesome and you still have them use a book and the cells at their desk and do the next lesson but once a week you take math out doors and you you find the height of a tree you do the shape thing and you can do the shape thing multiple ways because there's a lot of work to do with those 1212 sticks that they could make all sorts of shapes and maybe you're just going to do parameters and then you're going to do surface areas you know you could do a building project for about projects but just try to do practical math for your greatest once a week then stead of feeling the need for every math lesson to take it outdoors because that in the end it might cheat years your student more than help them. But any time that you could just make it practical and and useful then I think that's when they'll be like oh wait mom I could do this math lesson out there was me like wait wait how I because you might not even understand it completely there understand they're the ones working through the book you're just trying to teach them to put right they're the ones doing the homework so they might even come up with ideas and even challenge them like hey if you think you can take this math lesson outside you know how could you take this concept and use it outside I won't have you do lessons one for profit. Numbers 12 problems one through 30 if you can show me this main concept you can do outside we won't even do that they won't you know and occasionally used Oh that in there but they do math is building blocks math is not scattered math is building blocks and so it is super important that you do follow it sequentially because math is that one thing that does really build of itself and if you don't get the concept you won't get the next concept and then you just get scared of math a parent is saying for the recordings sake the fact that when they're working on a certain math concept they just were understanding it and so they just put it aside for a while and they came back to a couple months later and he got it and so it's it's probably yes figuring out how to stop a concept is fine yes thank you that's not a through my case use of movement when you're learning math facts is huge so in the morning we'd always have morning time where you do the calendar and you the weather need all those cute little things that we always have counting time but was counting time it was exercise time so I'd have my exercise leader and we would pick different exercises whether it's pushups or set up after jumping jacks or. Site to site ski or whatever and we can't by to sweep count to a 100 we count by 5 we count by tens and it was amazing to me how I had walked so insidious just could not do it they could not move and count at the same time it was a huge struggle and kindergartners were doing a fine but my 2nd graders are really struggling with it and I think that's really huge as you know you have your left brain your right brain Well somebody taught me that as much as you can do to connect That is huge and so what you want to do is you want to actually physically move your body so if you do put your right arm up and go down and touch your Left toe and you're counting you're literally crossing your right brain with your left brain and so just simply by moving your body like this while you're counting you're actually getting that creativity side going with the logical side which I think is super easy and super simple so a create tool is just getting them outside and doing exercises and I started going more advanced as we come by twos we can't buy 3 we can't buy fours with Mike a few to make a few to was able to come by force which isn't something you normally hear about because it's not in use that counting in that moving and they had fun with it because they loved exercise time and then when I went to go do Master masking fast because to be honest at 1st math is really just about you know knowing how to put numbers together fast edition and once you knew how to count by them it was much easier to do addition and multiplication. For the older kids because little kids concepts are easier just to do outside but for little kids if it's. If you're not confident in math I say just stick to the book and this is one thing about outdoors is don't feel like everything has to be outdoors to be successful not at all it's just getting them to have those concepts and so if you do the majority of your schooling inside and you take them out once or twice a week for practical learning you're still leaps and bounds ahead of the as occasional system you know what I'm saying is so for those of you who are just beginning as teachers for me for like I did take them out a lot as the beginning because as a Katie teacher when you go to college you learn a bunch of different theories and you learn how to teach but there's something very different than being in the classroom and you're like oh yeah I want to get them to understand this and to be honest they don't that down with you and like at the end of the year the kicker should sound like this at the end of the year the 1st grader should look like this you have no idea like one of the 1st graders also look like up and go here you know what exactly is it you know like they have this big like curriculum guy would you like your students must be able to identify shapes you know Heck that's And so to be honest don't feel bad if you stick to the curriculum and you just have a couple days a week you take on a side that's still awesome and you're still getting that practical learning and as you grow as a person they'll grow as a student and you learn together. Definitely. Another thing that I taught with multiplication and this is where like a. You can even play around with your math curriculum which is kind of scary to do but. When you're teaching plan identification you have them go out and look for it leaves that grow with different numbers of peers so ones that are simpler compound and they go into threes or fours are FISON you set up a giant multiplication table but now you have you covered you've covered plant I did if occasion you covered simple and compound you know you're a very complex plant lesson but the same time they're learning them also cation tables in a really cool and creative way to go go out into the forest. And find mealies that goes into snap I mean these that go in threes OK now 2 times 4 is 8 you know I need to start practicing they get to use their least one OK pointed at least one they're like that up OK 5 times 3 and then they're practically seen how the math works out in front of them so even if you just do that once a week that's something you know that the point is just to start and not feel like you need to overhaul your curriculum because I don't think you do I don't the units are out the back of the bathwater like I think there's a lot of strong really good Adventist and not avatars curriculum out there that is helping you seem to think for themselves not everything is bad but as much as you can take them out then you then you're being successful I used to say if I was creative once a week then I was a good teacher because I don't know about you but it's just so overwhelming to make every lesson you know I taught Katie Well that is like what she was thing as 11 subjects times 3 so it's 33 subjects and I got all by myself and with K. to you with I'm 247 so I am helping them go to the bathroom I make helping them open their lunches and I'm tying their shoes and blowing their noses and you know when we go out to play in the snow I've got 13 little ones to dress and make sure all they are there mittens are tucked into their coats and their top coats are over their boots and hooks like that but the book I have to go about after this because they have a good pen put in the bathroom and finally were outside and I just knew you know what I didn't cover everything I wanted history today but we spent our outside playing in the snow there Kate if you will catch up on the community's leader who you know when so Being flexible is the name of the game as an outdoor educator same thing as the name of the game on mission ships so I don't know if you guys do a 100 days 100 days is a big thing in the school spectrum I don't know if it's a big thing in the home schooling probably a little more difficult because you guys have the incredible ability to be flexible and to be like yeah we're going to go on this trip that's really awesome educational and so maybe counting the 100 Days isn't but a 100 days is a big thing in that world so there's an idea as to the $1100.00 things about using the outdoors. Here's some more math ideas simply just do your math outside using side want talk. Instead of just being stuck in your textbook if you to somebody you know all greys could do that to give you sidewalk chalk and that gets them out and that super funds go for a shape treasure hunt collects natural materials and make repeating patterns so stick probably fix puddles 2 sticks one pebble one leaf you know that's a really awesome Katie to activity is because they have to do patterns if you look at their cute little kindergarten book you know they're always trying to identify patterns well what if they have to just go develop their own patterns and you get them a big bunch of natural materials or they get to collect them and then they get to develop a repeating pattern you know to Puddles one leaf one stick to pummel one leaf once took you know whatever. Kate can math vocabulary number collections like 5 red leaves and 5 yellow leaves and then you sort them odd number one and find it odd number of twigs even number find even number of wig find double a given number of something collect double the number of 2 Greenlee's So you just tell them go collect double of 6 and they have to figure out find something which shows mirror so much symmetry find half a given number of something half the number of 12 stones you get the Point One thing that I think is this is really cool is the human ruler I don't know about you but I have a really hard time when people ask me Well how big was the church you built for how big you know was a room that you spoke at in my my concept you know like I'm great at measuring I'm fantastic I always was good at measuring in school but I cannot stand in this building and tell you. I don't know a 100 feet by 50 C. I don't know if I'm anywhere close or not but teaching them to be able to have that perception and so like getting them to measure from their. And using their body as a human ruler getting them to know from their elbow to their finger how long that is and then when they go outside they can measure different things using their ruler you know maybe it's not exactly a foot but it's still that principle of measuring you know it was one of those things again where it's like it's not going to sit perfectly you know when you put your little ruler up to cute little math book if it's perfectly 4 inches right when they go outside it's going to be like Well as Mark you know left by hand well let's measure how big your hand was OK so now we know it's like this big you know like it just lends itself to problems and problem solving which is really what we want to kids will do is problem solve the distance other steps you know that would be really awesome is get the distance from what step to what step and then they can go out and I want you to measure you know the garden and I want you to go measure from here to here how big is my garden what I need to plant you know the possibilities are truly endless measure the length of the playground how far from the door to the gate how far around the grassy area how wide along is a school your home how big is a sandbox How tall is the school how to how many steps you have to take to get to the mailbox and back how about to deliver the trash you know any time you can use them that practical math. And then if you can get them to measure their height and then you just have to use their height against things to try to assume OK if you're 4 feet tall How do you call the thing this tree is you know then you get to do a lot of Gesine and figuring out and all that kind of stuff the feminazi sequence in nature is really awesome I suggest taking some time to figure that out I'm not going to go at that right now but that is super super cool for your Advanced Learner's. Really incredible and I would I would challenge you even to look further than what I have there. Because I think the finale 7 actually sequence is super amazing. Well I'm still trying to fully grip everything about it as well because I just this is just really really cool language art English to me naturally comes with outdoors like we've always heard it covers some ideas for English. So one thing that I think is really cool is using natural things. To come up with with poetry and poetry to me is best inspired by by nature. And so if you just have your child go out and you have them sit and you have them write poems about the natural road you can start with the easy haiku that's a super super easy kind of poem. 575 rate is high Q.'s anyone know I think it's 575 have it written here. I think it's 5575 right is haiku So that's super super simple Another thing that I kind of talked about with with English is the writing opportunity so I was suggest if you could like look into the history of your local area and then what you could do is once you look at a look at history of your local areas you have them right at near it is as if they were the ones experiencing that piece of history but instead of just having to write from the inside they get to go out and sit next that lighthouse that that ship crashed against or sit on the battlefield and they're one of the soldiers that experienced the battle on the battlefield you know just research your local area and then have them write as if they were one of the people that were there so there are a like a historical novel but they're the ones having to a lot of research to understand you know like what would they have thought would have been cold what would I have been wearing did I have shoes do not have shoes you know and now you have your pole in the research component and for your younger learners maybe it's just simply going to the library and finding a book about what you're. What Native Americans or what historical thing happened in your area and then just having them draw all pictures and writing their own story and then you just right hand write for them the story that happened that they lived you know and they're coming up with it but you write it because what if their brains want to go lots of places but when they have to think about writing they're like I'm going to make it super short you know kids are very smart and they're like I know how to do the most efficient way and how to make money sure that I have the least amount of work so they're going to be like uncreative the I solve this thing like I know that you have more your brain that but maybe they just you just need to write it for them and then the their their imagination will go wild when they realize that they just get to let it go wild you know another writing idea sometimes you get writer's block with writing you just don't know what to talk about so having them just go out and experience something and then come back and write about it. Is really easy to do you feel like I know if you're right OK go have an experience just go outside for 10 minutes and we come back you can read about that you know or another thing to do to is take natural materials like rocks and stones and pebbles and then you design a. A scene from anything just a scene and then they have to write as if they're in that little scene does that make sense so you're like for me well the activity that we had to do was we had to design something from our childhood so I designed like my farm with with rocks and I showed where the SEALs were and I did all this stuff and then I had to write a story as if I was back on my farm so they're just but for you maybe they're young so they don't have a childhood memory but they could just develop a scene like there's this because you know when they develop those thing they stick they stick sticks in the dirt they have a whole little story that they're coming up with while they're doing it but just have them write it because they honestly are in their little brains while they're building the little rocks in their stones they're having something go through there they are they're imagining cool things and they're doing cool things to have them write about it maybe in that little scene you know the the Indians were coming along and they were trying to do something to help fall and then they fought with the pioneers and who knows what they're coming on their little brains really awesome and creative things are going on in there that just need to be tapped into. One thing that I really like to do to you is to laminate things in nature and then have them write a book with that so using leaves and flower petals and different things like that you have them come up with different pages for their book and you publish this little book and then they write on the lamination the story but instead of the leaf being a leaf it's now a person and the leaf is experiencing this and so they actually they use their illustrations but they use leaves and flowers to be the illustrations and then they write the story as super super fine because they'll be much more imaginative then and then if they have to journalistic person well the stick personal just walk through this well now the leaf is going to go tumbling down the hill and up this and like also they have really fine ideas and they can draw all around their leaves and different fire petals and different things but at least that gives them you'll find that kids just need something to get going you can't miss latest handling piece of paper and expect them to just get going but if you take them out there or bring it back inside in their brain going this media was brought to you by audio person a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio version or you would like to listen to more sermon leave a Visit W W W dot audio person dot org.

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