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Outdoor Classroom


Here at St. Paul, our vision for teaching and learning stems from the collaborative work within our School Growth PlanAs we welcome new programming, Enrichment for All and Gifted and Talented Education, it is important that we look at the development of the whole child to provide our students with the foundation they need to become well-rounded, healthy individuals, equipped with a solid education and important life skills to help them reach their full potential. Having access to a beautiful outdoor learning space in our natural school setting, has many positive effects on our students emotional and cognitive functioning.  


Our Outdoor Classroom is an alternate learning space that provokes wonder and curiosity. It is open and welcoming and has been a beautiful addition to our school, and the community of Crestwood. It instantly elicits all our senses and connects us to the teachings of land-based learning. When outside in this space, our students' engagement levels are increased, a sense of calm overcomes all of us, and students encounter a rich learning experience that differs from the traditional classroom setting. It truly has become an intentional learning space and we look forward as a school community to see what this environment can continue to evoke in all of us!   


Earth teach me stillness ~ as the grasses are stilled with light. 

Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory. 

Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning. 

Earth teach me caring ~ as the mother who secures her young. 

Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. 

Earth teach me limitation as the ant which crawls on the ground. 

Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky. 

Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. 

Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. 

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. 

Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep with rain. 

AMEN 


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