At Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, we believe that play is the best way to learn. For more than three decades we have fostered an environment of collaboration, creativity, and confidence through our exceptional play-based programs for young children. Now we are extremely excited to announce our plans to continue that legacy by opening an innovative outdoor classroom next fall.
This summer we will be clearing space in our woods and raising a 24’ yurt around which children will spend a significant part of the day outside — year round. Our staff and teachers are hard at work developing a cutting edge outdoor curriculum. Currently, there are fewer than a half dozen early education outdoor classrooms in the state. We are thrilled to be leading the way in Maine and raising the next generation of outdoor-loving Mainers. We have taken this innovative step for many reasons. The benefits of outdoor learning are numerous and scientifically proven: kids are more physically active, calmer and attentive, achieve higher scores on standardized tests, and experience less bullying. Our demand was also outpacing our capacity, as more and more families are drawn to our play-based philosophy. By expanding our offerings we can keep our current students and bring in new faces as well. We also hope to promote the value of outdoor play by utilizing the new space for the wider community.
But by far the most important reason for this expansion is that we truly believe our children, our community, and our world at large will be better off if more families have the opportunity to attend a program like ours and to spend time playing and learning in nature.
Please join us in this adventure and support our dream to create an inspiring outdoor classroom for our children and our community.
WHY A YURT?
We need a building/structure to house 10-12 children in a safe place on inclement weather days (thunderstorms, bitter cold). A yurt felt like the perfect solution due to its size and design. It will fit in our woods and blend in with the natural setting.For the 2018-2019 year this would be our official space for the outdoor classroom on Monday. The rest of the school would use the area other days.
1. Being outside promotes a sense of connection and has a positive impact on our health.
2. Spending time learning in a natural environment capitalizes on a child’s natural assets including curiosity, enthusiasm, and sense of wonder.
3. Children acquire more advanced motor skills, such as agility, balance and coordination, and core strength which directly corresponds to reading comprehension and other academic “readiness” skills.
4. Research indicates that when children spend more time outside, they are less likely to develop behavioral problems or suffer from social/emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, or attention deficit disorder.
5. An outdoor classroom can lead to stronger awareness, reasoning and observation skills contributing to 21st century skills acquisition like collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.
We have a Peopleplace family that is making a $5,000.00 match for the first $5,000.00 we raise.
MAIL IN DONATION.
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Please make checks out to and mail to:
Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool
P.O. Box 644
Camden, ME 04843
Please visit our website for more information on our Outdoor Classroom Expansion
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