What's Your Childs Favourite Outdoor Activity?

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LINDSAY LOVES TO CHASE SQUIRRELS.

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of sharing time outdoors with a class from Peachland Elementary. I was visiting the school to help promote the "Let's Go Outside Revolution". Schools and teachers can play a big part in helping children connect with nature. Here are just a few of the topics we will cover for the video series.

  • Bringing nature to the classroom.
  • Green your schoolyard - start a vegetable garden.
  • Create Nature Preschools and Kindergartens.
  • Start up an Eco Club for 8yr olds and up.

The filming has already started and the schools we have visited so far have left me feeling full of hope and incredibly excited about the future for our children and the planet.

I'd like to share with you just a few of the children's drawing of what they like to do outside.

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LILLY LOVES TO GO BUG HUNTING.

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APRIL LOVES TO PLAY AT THE LAKE.

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LEYLAND LOVES TO GO CAMPING.

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JASMINA LOVES TO PLAY IN HER YARD.

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MAYA LOVES TO PLAY IN THE FOREST.

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WHAT DOES YOUR CHILD LIKE TO DO OUTDOORS?

Send us your pictures and we'll post them on the LETS GO OUTSIDE REVOLUTION GALLERY.

Join the Revolution-Be part of a better future: www.letsgooutsiderevolution.com

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Comment by Marghanita Hughes on June 7, 2011 at 5:25pm

Hi John

These are the exact questions I have been asking the schools that we have been visiting over the last month. And will be sharing on the Let's Go Outside Revolution website in the coming months just in time for the new term in September. I really believe schools, kindergartens and playgroups play a vital role in reconnecting children with nature whether it is bringing nature into the classroom or getting children outdoors and discovering the natural world. In the last few months I have been interviewing several local teachers and it has become very clear to me that teachers and caregivers are enthusiastic about contributing to this very movement. We hope to be able to provide some solutions and answers and will share with you in the coming months. Thank you John for your patience. I really appreciate your enthusiasm and passion. You ARE the Revolution!! Wishing you a beautiful evening............... Marghanita

Comment by John Thielbahr on June 3, 2011 at 11:57am

Marghanita,

With your growing experience with teachers and schools, I would be interested in your thoughts and ideas about how to get more schools doing what Peachland Elementary is doing.  What are the challenges to overcome?  What are the benefits for kids, teachers, parents and schools?  What works, what doesn't?  I know you are a frequent contributor to C&NN Connect with wonderful and inspiring posts.  Please help us expand the movement in the schools.  Many thanks for all you do.  John

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