We LOVE our playground

Our playground

Our playground is a place for imaginative play, whether alone or with friends.

Much of the time our students spend at school is focused on developing their sense of order in the world, with the aim of improving their academic self and self-confidence, but we can’t help but also notice and enjoy the extent to which children enjoy and grow outside of the classroom–on the playground.

The playground is intentionally a space that encourages children to engage in imaginative and fantasy play, while also maintaining a natural space while allows children to be self-directed. There are few toys available, just some pots and pans, tires, tree cookies, scraps of wood and play animals with ample space to run, and run and run.

We spend about 3 hours of our 10-hour schooldays outside, plus most days we eat lunch outside. This is the most unstructured time that the children will have in their school-day. We see the children singing, playing chase, looking up at the trees, playing “school” or “train” or “car,” just talking with friends, digging in the dirt, looking for bugs, watching airplanes fly over and firetrucks scream by, and on and on and on. This is their time to imagine, to observe nature to socialize and to do it all on their own pace and terms.

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When interacting with nature, we hope to build a generation who respect the environment.

Time spent on playground helps children build social skills. As the children freely interact, conflicts do arise, and they must learn how to compromise, and look after the well-being of each other.

We go outdoors in all types of weather–from hot to cold, wet and dry. And in every season, they are allowed to get dirty. Being in the outdoors allows children to experience natural sciences of all kinds, from the effects of gravity and meteorology to botany and zoology. Environmental consciousness can begin at an early age, at the same time as the children explore imagination and friendships, making all sorts of new discoveries along the way.

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