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Did you know that there are two free songs with accompaniment tracks and scores on our resource page? Miracle Morn joins the animals as they ponder the birth of Jesus while A Night's Lodging puts music to Luci Shaw's timeless poem celebrating our love for Jesus. This is the perfect time to listen to these two beautiful songs and incorporate them into your Christmas celebrations! Download and listen to the songs today! (Remember to use code "FREE MUSIC" at checkout.) Merry Christmas!

Outdoor Education has value for students beyond becoming familiar with their natural world. At CRE, one of our approaches to education is an integral approach. This approach reflects the cohesive nature of God and His creation using multi-disciplinary thematic units of study organized meaningfully around important ideas. When studying important ideas in nature, or outdoors, students can build rich schemas on which they can build for years to come.

The article, "Nature Provides Exceptional Multi-Disciplinary Learning Opportunities," gives educators a window into the value of learning happening in the context of the outdoors.

Parents, teachers, and other educators are getting the message that kids thrive in the great outdoors! Academic, social, emotional and certainly physical flourishing flow from children’s intimate interaction with the natural world. We understand this. We believe this. We want to DO this! But: “this” – this taking children out of the house, out of the classroom, out of the building altogether and into the woods and fields and streams: “this” can be daunting, especially to those of us who have not done “this” much ourselves, let alone in the company of children.

HERE WE GO! is a simple, replicable, accessible framework that can help equip even the novice or inexperienced adult to lead school-aged children into outdoor learning spaces. Its five facets of outdoor learning can be employed by the minimalist mom just hoping to survive the park or expanded for use by the teacher or professional naturalist engaging with students.

You can download the HERE WE GO! document below and listen to the podcast series HERE WE GO! on LIFEintheBRIE to hear Amy Imbody as she helps parents and teachers approach the outdoor classroom with their students.

HERE WE GO! Leading Children Into Outdoo
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