We’re huge advocates of exploring the potential of play and its capacity to expand learning. What we liked about this article on research into outdoor play was what the team saw as the benefits of the snow study. Rather than just improving teaching methods, the children actually recognised the positive effects on their wellbeing for themselves.
Oh, to be a child again! To find joy in the newness of each day and be in awe of what lies waiting to be discovered.
As researchers, through a case study, we wanted to learn more about the ways one kindergarten class in northern Ontario nurtured curiosity in the outdoors. We invited the kindergarten community including educators, families and teacher candidates to share their experiences with us.
The kindergarten team moved alongside the children to look for evidence or traces of their curiosity and to document this with photos, quotes and video.
The power of documentation is that it invites reflection on moments of learning, and on the theories that children are developing about the world they live in.
It is tremendously validating for children to feel “heard,” to know that what they are curious about is interesting and important.
Through investigating water and snow, this kindergarten community experienced the benefits of learning in the outdoors.