HEF will fund expansion of Gatewood’s enriching outdoor classroom space specifically for its youngest Pre-Kindergarten students, based on definitive research defining the importance of purposeful outdoor learning. Students will practice gross motor skills on a log balance beam and curved wooden balance boards and create wonderful loud music with outdoor xylophones and drums. The discipline of taking care of an outdoor garden with child-size tools, and the daily cleanup of the playscape, will help instill responsibility, teamwork, and pride of ownership. The enthusiasm inherent to being outside will boost student excitement for all learning.
Gatewood Stepping Stones and Ready 4 K
Submitters: Coreen Hagen, Cathryn Nelson-Wagner, Emily Holmgren