Early education: this is not a field trip
More schools are adopting programs that put kids outside to learn, even in the rain.
Dozens of parents lined up at the doors of the Sooke School District office on Vancouver Island’s West Coast one chilled, rainy evening last February and spent the night under tarps and blankets and with thermoses of hot chocolate—all to land their children spots at a pilot kindergarten program, one that’s part of a quiet revolution in early childhood education spreading across the country. The movement’s main feature? Kids playing in the great outdoors.