School develops outdoor learning program for Kindergarten students

Initiative at Giant’s Head School in Summerland has received community support

Giant’s Head Elementary School is working to create an outdoor learning landscape for its kindergarten students.

The school has received a Go Grant from HCTF Education as well as support from the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society and Okanagan Crush Pad.

Kindergarten students, parents, teachers and support staff have planted several species of indigenous plants and have been learning about the natural environment.

Topics included awareness of habitat, identifying local plants and learning about the importance of restoring wetlands.

Outdoor learning is an important component of the kindergarten program at Giant’s Head Elementary.

Since the fall of 2016, teachers and students have had a focus on outdoor learning. Each week all four kindergarten classes meet outdoor to explore and learn in the natural environment. Children have learned about life cycles, grown their own “kinder-gardens,” and learned to be stewards of the Earth.

The school’s Parent Advisory Committee supports this initiative and has committed funds to provide an outdoor learning landscape at the school.

The project still requires financial support to bring it to completion.

The Summerland Kinsmen Club has supported this initiative by donating funds from its fish pond at the Summerland Festival of Lights.

Please contact the school principal, Craig Dunbar, if you or your organization is interested in knowing more about the design or supporting this worthy cause.

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