Outdoor Insights


Listen, Ask a Question and Listen Again

There are times in our work as educators, that call for us to slow down, take a breath and be in the moment with a child.  When we do this, a child feels valued and heard. They learn to ask their own questions and explore what makes their hearts sing. Spending time together in Nature…
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Reflections on First Mud Day Moments

two children smiling while playing in mud

Know anyone who’s squeamish about mud, but still intrigued? Cori Berg, Director of Hope Day School in Dallas, Texas, shares their program’s first ever International Mud Day experience. Along the way, Cori shows how honest reflection, a tangled mix of excitement and trepidation and her deep respect for each child’s experience mix together just like…
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We Are the Children from Planet Earth: Listen and Hear!

by Diana L. Suskind with Judith A. Chafel STEP II of Stonework Play: Construction Where we stand can make us aware. In the foreground, Danielle, with her pink sparkling hair wrapped in a bun and wearing a clean pleated white mask that covers her face, comes out from her Home of Movement, made of stones….
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Visual Spatial Learning in Outdoor Classrooms

This is the final in a series of blogs highlighting “Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms.” Contributors include Dimensions Educational Research Foundation executive director Nancy Rosenow and members of the Nature Explore education team.   Visual/Spatial Learning: The ability to perceive the visual information in the environment, to represent it internally, to…
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Finding our Place Through Creativity

This is the seventh in a series of blogs highlighting “Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms.” Contributors include Dimensions Educational Research Foundation executive director Nancy Rosenow and members of the Nature Explore education team.   Perhaps one of the first—and most enduring—lessons an educator learns is that creativity is the way children…
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Get Those Children Moving!

This is the sixth in a series of blogs highlighting “Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms.” Contributors include Dimensions Educational Research Foundation executive director Nancy Rosenow and members of the Nature Explore education team.   “The importance of movement thinking should not be underestimated. If the six-year-old child does not have fundamental…
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Nature + Exploration = Boundless Mathematics Learning

This is the fifth in a series of blogs highlighting “Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms.” Contributors include Dimensions Educational Research Foundation executive director Nancy Rosenow and members of the Nature Explore education team.   Natural outdoor classrooms provide engaging opportunities for children to develop mathematical ideas through frequent hands-on investigations. The…
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Raising a Generation of Nurturers: Social/Emotional Development in Outdoor Classrooms

This is the fourth in a series of blogs highlighting “Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms.” Contributors include Dimensions Educational Research Foundation executive director Nancy Rosenow and members of the Nature Explore education team.   Our fast-paced, technology-laden society limits children’s opportunities to engage in the kinds of unstructured interactive play that…
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All Children are Scientists; The World is their Laboratory

This is the third in a series of blogs highlighting “Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms.” Contributors include Dimensions Educational Research Foundation executive director Nancy Rosenow and members of the Nature Explore education team.   Over the past few decades, outdoor settings for children have become increasingly sanitized spaces devoid of nature’s…
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Helping Language and Literacy Flourish in Outdoor Classrooms

This is the second in a series of blogs highlighting “Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms.” Contributors include Dimensions Educational Research Foundation executive director Nancy Rosenow and members of the Nature Explore education team.   “A child’s quest for knowledge about his world, which is energized by experiences in the outdoors, leads…
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