Hi! I'm Natasha - the lifelong learner on the other side of the computer.
The outdoors has always been a part of my identity. In my free time, I love spending my time outdoors camping, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, etc with my partner in crime, Evan, who provides excellent tent side coffee service.
I am a four year old kindergarten teacher and am grateful to be able to share new experiences with Mother Nature through the eyes of my students. I learn from them and they learn from me. Together we tackle learning alongside our natural surroundings. Our learning is messy, explorative, and flexible. My children's creativity and exploration of materials often leads to a different end product than I had envisioned, but that is okay! We get our hands dirty, sometimes our tables get paint on them, and we spill, but we always clean up and create and learn something awesome!
I am not perfect! Sometimes ideas are thrown together in the half hour before the kids arrive. But I do try to be deliberate with our classroom environment, with each lesson, and with each invitation to explore different materials and knowledge.
You won't find Pinterest perfect activities here!
Pinterest is an awesome place and I love to look there for inspiration, but I like a little mess when it comes to learning.
Many things I share use nature items and recycled materials. I never throw my toilet paper rolls away at home. They all come to school with me! We recycle and save everything in our classroom - scrap paper, the backs of sticker sheets, old marker caps, etc. and we use it in our learning. This helps our environment, saves us money, and gives the kids more simple materials to creatively use for learning and exploring! We do use materials found outdoors around our school - like pine cones, leaves, sticks etc. We try very hard to put almost all of those materials back outside when we are done using them! But I confess, we do loose some pine cones to pockets and some acorns to glued artwork.
A HOME FOR INSPIRATION
for parents, homeschoolers, and teachers
• include natural surroundings into your learning
• unleash every wild child
• connect the wild with simple learning through:
creativity & imagination
invitations to play
invitations to create
invitations to explore
the learning environment
social & emotional
"IF I HAD INFLUENCE WITH THE GOOD FAIRY... I SHOULD ASK THAT HER GIFT TO EACH CHILD IN THE WORLD BE A SENSE OF WONDER SO INDESTRUCTIBLE THAT IT WOULD LAST THROUGHOUT LIFE."
- RACHEL CARSON, THE SENSE OF WONDER.