Nature Poems

April is National Poetry Month. The theme for 2019 is Celebrate nature with poetry. The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 21st annual National Poetry Month in April with nature – whether it’s mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans, or plains; whether it’s a cityscape or a landscape. Read, write, and share poetry… Read more

Family Scavenger Hunt

Sunday’s tip on the Fostering Literacy calendar is “Go on a scavenger hunt”. This is a fun way to embed literacy in a family activity. And, it can be done outdoors. Looking for ideas? Nature Scavenger Hunts for Kids {with free printables!} has lots of tips and suggestions for creating scavenger hunts for children of… Read more

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is this coming Saturday, March 24th. At 8:30 pm local time, switch off your lights for one hour. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, this annual event began as a way of drawing attention to the dangers of climate change. This year there is an additional focus on protecting nature and biodiversity. To… Read more

Learning Outdoors

Learning outdoors has several benefits. The following video talks about the Nature Kindergarten program in Sooke School District and how it promotes learning in a natural outdoor setting. Sooke Nature Kindergarten from Sooke Nature Kindergarten on Vimeo. For a more detailed look, click here. If you’d like ideas for outdoor learning activities to add to… Read more

Exploring Nature with Children

The PLANE Program Planning Toolkit: Ideas for Physical Literacy and Nature Exploration with Children is a guide from Little Mountain Neighbourhood House that describes not only how to organize nature experiences for young children, but also outlines a framework for getting the most out of those experiences. While it’s mainly designed for early childhood practitioners,… Read more

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and the theme for 2016 is Trees for the Earth. If you’re looking for resources to teach about nature and how we can help protect it, Nature Works Everywhere is a website from The Nature Conservancy that hosts a selection of 56 videos with accompanying lessons plans. And, if your students… Read more

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is important for children. The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth included a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play which makes the following recommendation to parents: Encourage your children to engage more fully with their outdoor environments in a variety of weather conditions. When children are supported to… Read more