It Not "Just Recess" Anymore!

Teachers often heave a sigh of relief when they take their students out to recess. Finally! The children can burn off the pent up energy they had been accruing for the past few hours indoors. But what if we change our outlook on outdoor play time? What if we create an outdoor environment that offered all of the learning opportunities that one would typically find indoors? What if children could run out to a well-planned play yard to find experiences in math, science, nature, dramatic play, water, building and construction, sensory activities, physical development, art and music? What if they play yard developed critical thinking, discovery, problem solving, and cooperative skills? The result would be that we wouldn't have "just recess" anymore. We would have The Outdoor Classroom!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Please Vote!

I am thrilled to be on the shortlist for Best New Blog! What an honor!!!

The nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards have been finalized and the voting is now open. You can vote once per day until Dec. 13th. 

It is wonderful to see such an abundance of Early Childhood Ed blogs in the mix. Specifically, I am drawn to those sites who promote outdoor learning because this is such a critical issue in today's world. Children are spending more time than ever inside and research shows that it is negatively affecting their health and wellbeing. Please help me raise awareness for the benefits of outdoor learning by voting for blogs that include ample activities that encourage outdoor play in the early years and beyond!

Here are a few top picks for early years blogs that promote play, learning, and exploration of the outdoors. 

Click on each link to go directly to the voting pages on Edublog:

Best New Blog (Shameless plug for myself, I know!): Exploring the Outdoor Classroom by Kristin

Best Group Blog: Play Based Learning

Best Individual Blog: Jennifer Kable - Let The Children Play

Best Teacher Blog: Teacher Tom

Thanks for voting...and remember to vote daily for your favorites!


  1. Thanks for mentioning my blog Kristin and congratulations too! Well-deserved.

  2. Thanks, Juliet! I have been voting for you daily ;-)