Based on all that I’ve learnt regarding nature based learning in play throughout the last three years, especially in this course, I am looking forward to incorporating nature based learning into my program. However, if I was to create my own learning program that was specifically all nature based, this is how it would look like.
Many of the things shown in these different photos, would be what I would incorporate into my nature based learning program. I love the idea of overall having it look very nature based, by having all of the furniture be wooden, grass instead of carpet or tiles in some sections in the classroom, and tree logs as chairs to put in the carpet area for children and educators to sit on.
I overall love the idea of having the classroom and inquiry child-centered, meaning that everything is based on the children’s interests, rather than the educators interests. I would have all of the decorations in the classroom be things that the children created, to have them feel a sense of well-being and belonging within the classroom environment. In regards to materials, I would encourage to have the children gather loose parts during some of the time that we spend outdoors, that way it ensures that the materials they use, are things they would love to use. In regards to inquiry and lessons that we have in the classroom every week, would be based on ideas and questions that children have when they explore the outdoors. Some ideas of things we could do as a class together, is have the children plant their own seeds, and have one child be responsible to water the plants each week, and have the children write down what they observe every week, and write about it in a log book.