Games & Hobbies
#320: Using Gardening as an Outdoor Classroom for Kids Featuring Victoria Hackett
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Victoria Hackett of Outdoor-Classrooms.com. Victoria's background in childhood education makes her a natural fit to combine her enjoyment of gardening and her experience with teaching kids, to create the program called the outdoor classroom.
Victoria is going to tell us about her journey on why she wanted to teach others on how to incorporate an outdoor less on plan with the curriculum many students are already learning, and why combined they can have a greater impact on your child.
From there she'll give us some examples on the various garden types that any teacher can use, what the kids can expect the learn, and the various age groups the outdoor classroom program is geared towards.
This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show.
◾ Becoming a Teacher in an outdoor classroom
◾ Designing outdoor classrooms
◾ Making a mud kitchen (and other garden types)
◾ Teaching kids through the outdoors
As a child, I was the kid who played endless hours of “school” with my little chalkboard and classroom of imaginary students. Family vacations became opportunities to take my whimsical school on a wild adventure and long field trips.
Needless to say, I spent the beginning of my career as an early childhood professional teaching young children. Real ones, that is. I then ventured into different teaching arenas with different populations. I taught children, young adults, elders, able-bodied, physically challenged, emotionally disabled and elderly blind. I taught in preschools, after-school programs, centers for elderly, nursing homes for Alzheimer’s patients, children’s gardens, college campuses and summer camps.
I am on a mission to reconnect children with Nature; therefore, I inspire teachers, parents, and program directors through the Outdoor-Classrooms.com platform. My online e-Courses, on-site Workshops, and project-based Consulting offers training on how to create Outdoor Classrooms organically on a shoestring budget. Our community of Natural Teachers inspires dialogue around how to teach outdoors and so much more. I believe it’s the Natural Teachers that will inspire the next generation of children to become stewards of our environment. Therefore, my focus, my work and my mission are to plant “seeds of inspiration.”
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