Dynamic and interactive experience facilitates knowledge retention because the kids have fun and learning feels more natural.
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1st grade students from Tigrinhos & Golden Tigers Bilingual School participated in an Outdoor Classroom activity on February 16th and 17th. The outing included a visit to Ceasa, a fruit and produce market, and a local garden.
As the Pedagogical Director Maria José Ieks explained, the school’s Outdoor Classroom program is considered an interdisciplinary project, its themes directly related to the content introduced in class and the school curriculum.
“Throughout their excursion, the kids applied their geography lessons to the real world, detecting the cheapest food items and comparing their respective prices to the seasonality and place of origin. They also put their math in practice, analyzing quantities, value and cost, among others. Furthermore, the students worked on their language skills by identifying the placard fonts and designs, or even by noting the different phrases used by vendors to best sell their products,” highlighted the school director.
According to Maria José, the school maintains its own organic garden as well. The space complements the science curriculum by encouraging the students to learn about plant care, including how to cultivate fruits, vegetables, and legumes. They also have the chance to learn about composting.
The students have demonstrated their curiosity in exploring the differences in prices between wholesale and re-sale providers. It helped them understand that merchants need to profit in order to make a living income.
“We had two incredible days of hands-on learning, and from what we could see, the kids really enjoyed themselves! There was even a short tasting included in the trip.”
Playgroup and English Program students participating were introduced to the names of different food items and how to apply them in their everyday life. “This dynamic and interactive experience facilitates knowledge retention because the kids have fun and learning feels more natural, making it easier for the students to apply their skills in other contexts as well. For example, during our Tasty Delights Fair which will take place at the end of the semester,” concluded Ieks.