You don’t have to kayak, canoe, and dog sled around North America to experience a wilderness classroom…
My girlfriend, Meaghan, sent me this picture of her classroom where she teaches K-2nd grade special-needs students. The kids spend part of their day engaged in a “center” known as dramatic play in which they engage in roles associated with the provided scene (kitchen, pizza shop, ect). This year, Meaghan decided to bring the outdoors into her classroom by setting up campsite complete with a tent, a blow-up campfire, trees, and a “fishing pond” for the kids to play in. This is so much cooler than the old Fischer Price kitchen sets that I used to play with in first grade!
Now let’s hope that the newly elected class president Lizzy the Lizard can find a way to expand dramatic playtime!!!