Halton District School Board Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds

Outdoor Learning

Spring & Summer Lessons K–5

Hello Halton Teachers!

Thanks for your interest in outdoor education. We are passionate about using the outdoors as another learning environment that supports self-regulation, attention, and focus while promoting motor skills, problem-solving, social skills, imagination, and creativity. Our goal is to provide hands-on lessons that provide more movement and sensory-rich opportunities to support your curriculum for grades K to 5.

For Kindergarten classes:
We will set up your playground with 3-4 varied opportunities for child-led play with loose parts and tools, as well as the chosen lesson with a smaller group of children.

Below are Four Lessons to Choose From

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Jill Bienenstock Teaching
Whittling with Vegetable Peelers
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Whittling with
Vegetable Peelers

Vegetable Peeler

Children whittle freshly cut sticks with a vegetable peeler. Children can make rulers, mud pencils, and stick people.

Learning outcomes:

  • Increase focus and attention when using a new tool.
  • Retelling stories with the creation of stick people.
  • Using the whittled stick as a measurement tool to support standard and non-standardized units of measurement.
  • Increase grasp and fine motor skills when whittling and drawing with their mud pencil.
  • When using a new tool children will be shown how to hold the handle, where the sharp parts are, and how it works to ensure safety.

Water Walls

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Children can work together to create a water wall with tubing and connectors on your chain link fence. There will be construction challenges and coloured water to increase learning opportunities. There’s so much potential in such a simple activity.

Learning outcomes:

  • Math skills include sorting and measuring opportunities, reinforcing angles, and fractions.
  • Science skills include flow concepts regarding speed and direction of the water.
  • Filter concepts of cleaning the coloured water with provided natural materials.
  • Working together and problem-solving the water wall challenges.
  • Presenting their water wall to the group.
Water Walls
Stone Stories
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Stone Stories

Stones

Children create and/or retell their favourite story by drawing pictures and printing words on flat, smooth stones and paint markers. It’s a great way to bring language arts to your playground.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Presenting and retelling stories.
  • Reinforcing the ‘start’, ‘middle’, and ‘end’ of stories; intro, body, and conclusion’.
  • Supporting fine motor skills.

Clay Creatures

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Children can make a clay creature with a ball of clay and loose parts collected from the playground. The children can describe the attributes of their creature; what it eats, what it looks like, where it lives, and any other special feature.

Learning outcomes:

  • Math and science skills include sorting, counting, and estimating the collected loose parts from the playground. Loose parts include sticks, pinecones, acorns, stones, and leaves.
  • Motor skills are promoted when children collect the loose parts and during the creation of their clay creature.
  • Literacy skills are supported when children create a story about their clay creature.
Clay Creatures

Our daily rate is $1,500 plus taxes.

It’s best to have us at your school for a full day. We can work with 3 classes during the day. We work with each class for 100 minutes (2 class periods). We bring all materials.

Thank You

Jill and Margie

Contact us:

Jill Bienenstock

Margie Newlands