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In a new partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Tiny Trees Preschool will foster learning in nine city parks beginning in September of 2016.
Andrew Jay, one of the school’s founders, maintains that anything kids can do indoors, they can do at a city park—plus, there are so many added opportunities in the natural world for discovery. Using a skill set Jay developed at Outward Bound working with middle and high school students, he is ready to bring outdoor learning into the mainstream.
Without the overhead cost of buildings, Tiny Trees can make year-round preschool more affordable, and spend more money on quality teachers — it will cost about $7,000 a year, compared to $12,000, which is the average cost in Seattle.
The inspiration for the school was a pilot program begun two years ago at the University of Washington. Fiddleheads Nature School tested the model to see if it would work in Seattle. It was highly successful, with teachers thrilled by sightings of bald eagles mating, young owlets fledging, and praying mantids hunting.
The concept was developed in Denmark and Sweden in the 1950s, before it spread to other European countries, including Germany, where currently 1,000 outdoor preschools operate. In the U.S. there are schools operating in Maine, San Francisco, and Georgia.
originally posted by: rajas
a reply to: eluryh22
I live in Sweden, wouldnt say it made us dumber.. Well in a universe of xenophobism we are killing Sweden, in our universe we are teaching the young what to observe and as adults understand what must be done