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Life in Little School: The Power of Outdoor Play

By Stephanie Petronelli, Young Toddler Teacher

At the Little School we love to play outdoors! When we are not playing on the playground, our classes are off smelling the flowers in the Edible Garden, climbing the giant roots and branches of the Beech Tree, or taking a stroll through the neighborhood. In the midst of outdoor play, our little ones are interacting with their peers, learning social norms, and applying what they learned in the classroom.

What could we possibly be learning while playing outdoors? Our children are collecting natural loose parts (i.e. rocks, sticks, leaves) to handle with care and appreciation. These items encourage mathematical concepts such as counting and sorting.

We are testing the properties of water as we dump and pour in the water table. We are challenging our bodies physically as we climb to the top of the hill and learn new ways to travel down. We are engaging with other children as we play Peek-A-Boo with an infant in the grass.

We are practicing emergent writing as we scribble on the ground, tables and everything else in between. We are noticing the airplane flying overhead and the noisy squirrel scaling the tree.  

The outdoors sparks our young children’s innate curiosity and invites them to use all of their senses to explore the world around them.

There's never a dull moment in Lincoln's Little School! 



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