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Your child’s class will be using the outdoors as their classroom this year to learn how to care for themselves, others and the environment. We will be spending a few hours every week with the class outside.  This time will enrich and support classroom learning and immerse students in the natural world. 

 

Students will explore standards-based themes that will include (depending on the grade level): animal adaptations, life cycles, ecosystems, rocks and soil, scientific method, physical geography, mapping, cultural diversity, Vermont history (including native Vermonters), Vermont geography, and citizenship.  This content will be presented through skill-based games, observing, journaling, building, drawing, and writing, tracking, and sharing stories.

 







September 2017
Welcome back to ECO everyone!  It has been beautiful on our ECO days.  We are in the forest and making our base camp again.  We have been gathering sticks to prepare for fire building, making forts, playing in the stream, and partaking in lots of learning activities!  Our students have chosen their animal names and through different games, they are learning a lot about Vermont animals, insects, birds, and reptiles.  If you would like to volunteer and help out please contact your child's teacher.  
Here's to a great year with your children!
Ms. Honeybee




October 2017
Happy Fall!  We are busy learning how to use tools in our Educating Children Outdoors Program.  Most of the students started by using peelers to peel sticks.  The students then used them to cook apples that they picked at an apple orchard.  Now they are learning how to drill a hole into a 'tree cookie' with a hand drill.  All of these skills are improving their self confidence and ability to focus.  Now that fall is here we will be making more fires and learning how to safely use fire for warmth, cooking, and light.
I would also like to introduce you to our teachers and their animal/plant names!  
In Kindergarten we have Mrs. Porcupine (Mrs. Boulanger), Ms. Bear (Ms. Young), and Mrs. Beatle (Mrs. Barber).
In 2nd grade we have Mrs. Raccoon (Mrs. Russ) and Mrs. Birch Bark (Mrs. Beaudoin).
And in the Preschool we have Mrs. Hawk (Mrs. Karen) and Mrs. Dragonfly (Mrs. Karol).
I am Ms. Honeybee (Ms. Purdy).