Partners in Education: Taking the class outdoors

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A classroom out in nature, 4 year old Briar Mayer, said "We will see if it floats or sinks!"

Little Briar, is talking about pumpkins!

"Students made a prediction whether pumpkins would sink or float, then we floated the pumpkins, they did float, we added some acorns to see if they'd still float, then we put some different natural materials on the letter P and so we enforced that literacy as well," said Teacher Natalie Shikoski.

The class is designed to be hands on, Isla Koivisto, is mastering the art of the alphabet.... She's just 4 years old.

Now in it's sixth year, the students are learning important skills.

"It's unique, 80 percent of our day is spent outside so we're exploring," said Shikoski.

"I get to spend my day admiring the beauty in children, beauty in nature, and nature based education is very good for students, it's been proven to help them with cognitive skills, physical and emotional skills," said Shikoshki.

The teacher said the kids are excited to see the animals, and be outdoors everyday!

For more information on the Oak learning program, click HERE.

 

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