Spring is in the air, and on those warm breezy spring days, the last thing you want to do is keep your kids cooped up in the classroom. Getting outside is not only great for your mood but great for your classroom too! There are so many fun ways to get outdoors and learn at the same time. Here are five outdoor classroom ideas to help you rock your homeschool classroom this spring.
Go for a nature hike
When the weather is nice outside, going for a nature hike can be a great way to get outdoors. If you don’t want to drive or don’t live near a trail, you can go for a nature hike around your own neighborhood! Put together a scavenger hunt for your kids of things to look for, compare the different types of trees, or even teach them about insects and animals. This idea also works great for colder times of the year! You can have your kids keep a nature journal and update it throughout the year.
Create a classroom learning garden
Gardening is an extremely useful skill that can help your kids learn about plants and study the life cycle of living things. You can use a garden to teach your kids about where our food comes from or do a lesson on botany. There are a ton of seeds that you can start in the spring. If you have other homeschoolers near you, consider starting a community garden together! If you are looking for a way to garden on a budget, look at your local Dollar Tree during the spring months. They always have packets of seeds and other gardening supplies available.
Do some physical education outdoors
It’s important for your kids to get up and moving, especially if they’ve been sitting inside all day. Going outside for some physical education is a great way to get that done! Have them run around the house, do jumping jacks, or play Simon Says if you want. The goal is to get them moving and keep them active.
Get hands-on and learn about nature
The wonderful thing about nature is that is really is all around us! You can step out into your own backyard and find living things and different types of rocks and soil. Get hands-on and allow your kids to get a close up look at nature. Play with worms after it rains, let them dig in the dirt, and teach them about nature through outdoor play.
Visit the zoo
If you are tired of exploring your own backyard, why not take a field trip? The zoo is a great place to go for an outdoor classroom idea and you can learn about different animals close up! Many zoos have special speakers, feeding times, and helpful staff members that can help beef up your lesson plan and make it more educational!
No matter what season you are looking for, many of these ideas could easily be adapted to work for any time of year! I hope this has given you some inspiration to help you plan out your classroom curriculum and get outside.