Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Outdoor Kindergarten

Monday's Wall Street Journal had a story about kindergartens in Germany (where kindergartens were first invented) that use the outdoors as a classroom.

Boy, it sounds a lot better than filling out worksheets at a desk.

Read all about them here:


Culmom37 said...

What a wonderful story. I can't even imagine a Kindergarten class like that existing in the United States. Parents and "Congress" would be outraged to let our children actually be children and act like children!!!!

Although, I have to say, I am not so sure I would enjoy picking up my little girl from school with a face full of mud! However, she is a nature lover and probably wouldn't mind :)

Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

I feel really fortunate that Dunham has the creek area. We get to spend a little time there each week. We went down today for maybe 10 minutes or so. The kids showed me some "Indian writing" under the bark of the willows.

Anonymous said...

I didn't go to preschool and had the freedom of my backyard, church grounds when my mother took me there, and the "alley way" that was like a narrow and Very long forest. Of course I also have a father that grows organic vegetables and a mother who cooked everything from scratch. I just wish there were more nature loving schools for kids. I HATED school because your indoors for 8 hourse in those cleaning chemical fumes. I had to wait till University to see the light of day when we'd have lectures in the grass. Very nice! :)

Dan Gurney said...

Hello, Anonymous.

It can be difficult for me to imagine what it would be to grow up in today's world. Many children have extremely limited contact with the natural world. Compared to Native Americans, my childhood was nature-deprived. But compared to today's children, like you, I was lucky to be outdoors quite a lot.