Greensboro Day School Greensborough North Carolina One example of learning

Greensboro day school greensborough north carolina

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Greensboro Day School - Greensborough, North Carolina One example of learning through landscapes occurs at Greensboro Day School in North Carolina, U.S.A. Most schools in North Carolina are required to retain water runoff on site. The typical solution is an engineered retention pond or ditch surrounded by chain link fence or a fast draining impervious surface punctured by a catch basin. Students and teachers at Greensboro Day School decided to take a different approach. In April, 2001, students and teachers at the school participated in a half day workshop. Each grade level went for a walk, discussed and brainstormed. Each group then presented design proposals. Greensboro Day School is a great example of the community turning an expensive eyesore into a positive learning and play environment for children. The project is now under construction and contains many student suggestions for play and learning environments. These include the Rubber Boot Bay, the Stepping Stone Bridge, the Boardwalk Observation Point, the Beaver Dam, and minnows, frogs and fish. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 34
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Youth Farms - Germany In Germany, the educational structure is different than in North America. Children attend school from 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon. As a result, they have more free time to explore other play opportunities and learning experiences, thus receiving a less formal kind of education. Many German provinces have designed and implemented Youth Farms and Activity Playgrounds. These are supervised playgrounds which contain diverse areas for children, aged 6 to 14. The playgrounds are open year round for several days a week. The Youth Farms provide diverse places for all children. Special programs teach all children, including those with physical or mental disabilities, how to participate in society through gardening, riding, racing, and generally, playing with other children. The playground, with all its varied activities and educational design features, i.e., wood shop, metal shop, garden, marsh, human chess board, etc., aims to further the independence of children and young people. The playground is not simply a stand-alone play structure to be climbed, but a complete environment that provokes and encourages creative mental, physical and social connections. The Youth Farm teaches children continuity, changeability, independence, maturity, integration, ecology, and community through the process of play. Following the reunification of Germany in 1990, it became very important to Germans to provide children with democratic playgrounds. This arose from listening to and implementing children's wishes. The funding and development process for these playgrounds falls to individual communities through federal law. At present, more than half of these farms are run by parents initiatives which are recognized and legal German Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 35
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entities. These groups receive government aid (funding) and are responsible for the use of money and materials. To find out
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