This year's nature walks began Friday with a full house at Foster Park. Thanks to the light drizzle, we moseyed on into the large pillared "temple" to begin a year-long project: A bird log. At the end of the year, parents will judge the logs on quality, number of entries, neatness of writing, and so … Continue reading Fall Nature Walks Off To A Booming Start; Prepare For Monarch Migration Field Trip!
Last Saturday nearly 50 volunteers came together to put in the first phase of our playground. Wow, what a day! Everyone worked hard and long, and we got a lot done. Here are some pictures to give a flavor of the day. Here our playhouse crew, supervised by Jerry Frese, who had a career building … Continue reading 13 Pictures Of People Having Fun, Working Hard At Our Big Playground Build Day
As Redeemer Classical students study birds and insects this year for science, the coordinating nature walks will include birdhouse and bird feeder building, a visit from a local artist who paints outdoors, show 'n tells with local entomologists and bird watchers, a guided hike at Eagle Marsh during Monarch butterfly migration season, sledding, insect collection, … Continue reading The 2018-19 Nature Walks Schedule Is Posted!
As blog readers know, this summer we're installing the first phase of our natural playground. Last week we hit our 2018 fundraising goal to buy the materials for it. A huge thank-you to all our givers who helped make it possible! The giving GoFundMe page is open through next summer to fund the stunning additions planned … Continue reading Here’s What Our Play Yard Looks Like Before This Year’s Big Build Day
Our headmaster moonlights as a wood craftsman, and has been using part of his summer "vacation" to redesign standing desks for Redeemer students. He crafts each student's desk by hand. Last year, we used another desk as a template, because standing desks are a relatively new idea and fewer are available than conventional desks, especially … Continue reading Coming For Fall: New Design For Our Handcrafted Classroom Standing Desks
This summer we're putting a lot of work into one of our big projects: building a natural playground atop a patch of bare grass for the children of Redeemer Classical and its host church, Redeemer Lutheran. Last summer, we and lots of hardworking friends put up many feet of fence around the play yard. This … Continue reading Watch This Video About Our Big Plans For A Natural Playground, And How You Can Help
This week's nature walk featured a special treat: A visit and demonstration from local beekeeper Maraiah Russell, whose grandfather kept bees and passed down his hobby. Russell teaches introduction to beekeeping classes for the Northeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association, and she kept the children enthralled for an hour. It probably helped that she brought a huge … Continue reading A Local Beekeeper Visited Nature Walk This Week. Here’s What We Saw
For the last two weeks, our nature walkers have spent time with worms. On the first week, the kids went worm hunting, digging away with great merriment. Here they are beforehand, listening to Mr. Pullmann explain the project and tell about how worms live. Here the kids have dug up their worms and are inspecting … Continue reading Pictures: A Double-Header Nature Walk Worm Week!
A new study of British kids finds that their parents would smoke them in a footrace if the parents and kids were the same age. That's because kids today move so much less than their parents did, despite their parents' widespread access as kids to television and other sedentary entertainment like videogames. The study found … Continue reading The Least Active Kids Of 20 Years Ago Would Be Today’s Most Fit, Study Finds
You can probably guess the answer to that question simply because it's being asked. But watch the two-minute video to know for sure. Also notice how the inmates' yard and cells, if the barbed wire were removed, look similar to many U.S. schools: square cinderblock, long halls, metal doors, chain link fence. Thank building codes … Continue reading Who Spends Less Time Outside Each Day: Prison Inmates Or Kids?