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The Education Issue

Into the woods

The growing nature school movement is dedicated to getting young kids moving — and learning — outside.

The day begins with free play outside at Drumlin Farm’s Lincoln preschool.

“And when they find an egg there,” says Paula Goodwin, director of the school, “we ask them to make a nest with their hand, and they very gently pass the egg from one to another. And it’s a very special time, because they don’t need a lot of special instructions except to look for a child whose hands are in the shape of a nest. So it isn’t a formal sharing lesson, but each child cherishes that egg and very gently passes it to the next person without question. It’s one of the magical moments in the school year. They are so generous with sharing the egg, and they may not have even learned each other’s names yet.”

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