Tara Rouse and Shelly Holland – L. C. Hatcher Elementary Outdoor Science Lab
The learning that takes place in the natural and built environment can be truly inspirational. Teachers can harness this to bring curriculum-based learning to life. Despite modern technology, sophisticated classroom practice and complicated lifestyles, there is no substitute for a child smelling, listening to and touching the natural world, and experiencing our heritage and culture, hands-on.
A planned program of out-of-classroom learning is part of the foundation for a fulfilled life, which every child should have access to. Education outside the classroom – real world learning – is important in building a child’s store of knowledge, which is based on their own creativity and enquiry. It builds a greater depth of understanding based on personal experience, and leads to numerous taking off points for developing a child’s own interests.