Notes from the Trail # 19, June 2017

Dear families,

Thank you for joining us on June 13th for our final Trailside Tuesday of 2016-2017. What a joy it’s been to journey along Flanders’ inaugural year of outdoor classroom work with your children. I especially thank the parents and administrators for having faith that a nature-based program would enhance the development of children’s cognitive, social, and physical capacities. Those who were able to join us this year were able to witness students’ blossoming appreciation for the natural world and their role within it. Our first graders also developed perseverance and heartiness, problem-solving and inquiry skills, and independence as well as a sense of team participation and accountability. This year of new ventures has initiated school-wide dialogue about the benefit of regular outdoor education experiences for all first graders. We look forward to continuing nature-based learning with future first graders!

I wish you all happy summer explorations.

Julie

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