The forest is calling!
Learning at ASP takes place inside and outside of the classroom for all students, but our youngest learners in the Early Childhood Education Program enjoy a unique experience through our Outdoor Learning initiative.
From Grades K3 through Grade 1, students spend ample time in the outdoor learning space, our on-campus 'garden' dedicated to play-based learning. Complete with a mud kitchen, sandpit, gentle hill, climbing structure, and flexible materials like Outlast Blocks and water tables, the outdoor learning space is a jewel on the ASP campus!
Although ASP's lush campus offers numerous and varied learning environments, our educators take advantage of local resources like the beautiful Parc de Saint-Cloud to extend student learning.
The Outdoor Learning program features regular trips to the Parc during the academic year. Our first trip this week was a huge success, with new and returning students alike foraging for the perfect sticks to build a fort, going on nature walks, and building bug hotels in the meadows.
By exploring the Parc during the changing seasons, using natural materials to build their own creations, gathering items like chestnuts for in-class counting projects, and observing animals in their natural habitats, our children learn in a rich and ever-changing environment, allowing them to engage the skills learned in the classroom while at play.
Adventures in the Parc return to the classroom through student-centered reflection. From drawing, writing, and sharing pre-trip plans to individual journals and group sharing after the trip, our students are able to connect their learning in the Parc with their projects in the classroom.
Learn more about the Outdoor Learning program by watching this short video here.
You can also check out our latest publication about the Early Childhood Education program here.