Last year Redeemer parents and friends met every Monday morning at Lindenwood Nature Preserve over the summer for regular nature play outings. The play host will be gone more often this summer, so instead will be leading these playdates more spontaneously this year. If you'd like to know when we're walking a day or two … Continue reading How To Join Summer Nature Play Times
Our classic games summer camp will run from June 3-7 this year. This is a half-day camp from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day at Redeemer Classical School. This classic games and handcrafts camp for ages 4-12 aims to nourish the arts of self-organization, negotiation, and relationship development through play; develop a repertoire of … Continue reading Register Here For Our Classic Games and Handcrafts Summer Camp
If you'd be interested in signing up your child or children for a summer day camp focused on classic games and handcrafts, fill out this interest form right now. We need at least 30 interested kids by the end of February to move forward with it. We're almost there! Here's the scoop: The goal would be reviving nearly lost … Continue reading Interested In A Classic Games Summer Day Camp?
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!
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
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?
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