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St. Margaret's School - Nature Kindergarten Helps Children
Nature Kindergarten helps children thrive

Nature Kindergarten is a global phenomenon. Beginning in Europe, it has caught on in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and now in Canada. The big idea is that students learn about nature by being in nature. Children become more comfortable in the outdoors and develop a deeper appreciation of the natural

But there is much more to it. Award-winning author Richard Louv claims the effects of Nature Kindergarten programs show up in enhanced social skills, increased self-confidence and improved problem-solving. With such a roster of beneficial results, it is no surprise that parents and educators in Victoria have begun to take notice.

St. Margaret’s School is a leader in early childhood education (ECE) and their innovative spin on Nature Kindergarten called ‘OWL’ (Outside While Learning) is central to all levels of early primary at the school. In fact, St. Margaret’s has taken outdoor learning to a higher level.

Not limited to Kindergarten, outdoor experience is an integral part of the curriculum from JK to grade 12. This connection with nature is essential to the school’s commitment to STEM education and inquiry-based learning.

St. Margaret’s 22-acre campus plays a key role, with a specially designed environmental classroom nestled amongst the trees.

As the Head of School, Cathy Thornicroft puts it, “SMS students learn about natural science, geography, environmental studies, outdoor skills, team-building and adventure living.”

Kindergarten teacher, Rebecca Kaukinen believes “children thrive in nature.” She observes that “Children develop independent thinking more quickly when outdoors. They evaluate safety and make decisions in a way not seen inside the classroom.” Parents also notice a positive difference in their children.

For information about early learning and outdoor education at St. Margaret’s School for girls, visit: http://stmarg.ca.

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