Outdoor learning

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“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” – David Polis

This website was creating in spring 2013 for the final project of my B.Ed at the university of Akureyri, Iceland. I decided to create this website to give life to the project and as a teaching resource for early years educators.

My interest in children and outdoor environments has span over a number of years. In a time when an increasing number of children are living in urban areas and spending more time indoors; outdoor education is more important than ever. All children are investigators by nature, therefore they should have the opportunity to investigate and discover the natural world around them.

This website discusses the many benefits of outdoor learning and provides a number of outdoor activities for various environments. Although aimed at preschool children, the ideas and activities can be adapted for children of all ages.

I hope that this website is a useful teaching and parenting resource, that will allow more children and adults to benefit from the natural world.

I would like to thank the parents who gave me permission to photograph their children during outdoor learning sessions for use on this website.

Rachel Wilkinson
ha100182@unak.is