Welcome to the Alexander Outdoor Classroom
OUTDOOR CLASSROOM NEWS
ANTS CLUB MEMBERS FEED THE BIRDS
The elementary nature club, ANTS, made edible ornaments for the in the outdoor classroom birds by covering pine cones and ice cream cones with peanut butter and bird seed. They strung Cheerios as garland. The students hung their creations on a pine tree located in the Wildlife Watch area. Merry Christmas birds!
HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY
On Saturday October 13th we celebrated the outdoor classroom's sixth birthday. This is the anniversary of the official opening on the space in October of 20012. This year in addition to our annual fall clean up and birthday celebration, we held our first Fall Fun Run. Students in grades pre-k through 5 ran a course through the outdoor classroom. All participants received a medal, cider, and an apple. After the run, volunteers (adults and kids) helped to spruce up the outdoor classroom stations. We then sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed some delicious birthday cake.
SUMMER IN THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
This summer as a part of our school’s summer recreation program, children in kindergarten through fifth grade came to the outdoor classroom for a variety of activities including cooking, gardening, story time, science, art, and music. Karen LaDuke, middle/high school art teacher volunteered her time to teach a lesson about Andy Goldsworthy, a British artist known for his installations involving natural materials. Children created their own land art using natural objects found in the outdoor classroom. They were able use school district’s cameras to document their work.
NEW STATION ADDED
With funding from the PEP grant we were able to add a water station. This large, triple-tiered water channel with it's removable dams allows kids to experiment with volume and velocity while preventing overflow. As soon as we turned on the water it was an immediate hit! Children enjoy exploring with the removable dams and pouring and lifting using water toys.
Funding from the PEP great allowed us to add five fitness stations adjacent to the fitness path.
Mrs. Erica Swinehart's middle school reading class with the assistance of Mrs. Kristie Miller, school media specialist, has created a StoryWalk in the outdoor classroom. A StoryWalk is a book that has been disassembled, laminated and presented page by page on a trail, bike path, or walkway to promote reading and exercise. Our StoryWalk follows the path that surrounds the meadow at the rear of the outdoor classroom. Stories will change periodically.