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?
Every week the school takes a nature walk, usually Friday at 1 p.m., that is also open to anyone interested (more info). Each time we study something specific, such as insects or particular aspects of plants. This time it was leaf classification. Students keep nature notebooks and draw what they are learning and observe. Most … Continue reading Pictures From Our Recent Nature Walk At Fox Island Park
One of the best things you can do to help your child develop a healthy body and mind is let him play in dirt, say Japanese scientists studying child's play. "By using all five senses to experience the outdoors, children are able to feel that they are a part of nature," says Michio Kawasaki, a … Continue reading Some Encouragement This Summer: Japanese Scientists Say Dirt Is Good For Kids
"School has become an abnormal setting for children," says Peter Gray, a professor of psychology at Boston College. "Instead of admitting that, we say the children are abnormal." Gray, the author of several books including "Free to Learn," recently discussed the necessity of unstructured play for children's intellectual and psychological development with Reason TV's Nick … Continue reading What Kids Lose When Schools And Parents Don’t Foster Free Play
When my daughter was a young toddler, I constantly chased after her trying to make sure she was "safe." I baby-proofed every inch of my house -- and grandma's. I was her shadow when she walked, just in case she stumbled. With my ever-present pack of wipes, I sanitized every eating surface we came into … Continue reading How Overscheduling And Overprotecting Affects Child Development
When given the opportunity to play on their own, children demonstrate greater levels of confidence and improved social skills. There are also wider community benefits of independent play, such as closer neighborhood relations, a stronger sense of community, and less fear of crime (Shaw et al. 2013). Children also get to have rest away from … Continue reading What Outdoor Free Play Does For Children