Posted on April 17, 2018 10:19
STREAMing Into God's Creation
Assumption School has been awarded a Grant from the Beyond Sunday Foundation to construct and implement an outdoor classroom.
This isn't your everyday out doorclassroom! Pope Francis once said, "Education is not about knowing things or taking lessons but about being able to use three lingos; those of the head, the heart, and the hands." Assumption School aims to provide outdoor experiences that encompass physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development of all students from the Assumption day school and PSR program. Currently, we provide learning of the head through indoor classroom activities, and learning of the heart through masses and other religious events. We need to provide an outdoor classroom so that students may fully grasp Pope Francis's third lingo, learning of the hands. It is vital to construct the STREAMing into God's Creating outdoor classroom to meet the needs of the whole student intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically through enriching outdoor education. A certified outdoor classroom facilitates better social and physical development, improves fitness and well being, supports creativity and imaginitive play, reduces stress, and creates feelings of empathy for nature.
Imagine a space that all grade levels, preschool through eighth grade, can collaborate and learn not only the basic fundamentals of math, science, reading and writing, but will have the opportunity to pray the rosary and increase their faith and relationship with Mary by adoring the grotto to Mary. Multiple classes will be able to utilize the STREAMing into God's Creation classroom while simultaneously exploring and caring for God's creation through the use of natural Missouri plants and a pollinator garden.
The goal of the classroom is to offer an additional learning environment to meet our student's needs, increase the school's marketability, and be the first CERTIFIED outdoor classroom in St. Charles County. Being certified by Nature Explore, which is a collaborative program of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensional Educational Reasearch Foundation, would meet the three lingos of Pope Francis. In additon, it will increase interest in STREaM careers, increase student productivity, and scores on standardized tests.
Mrs. Wyatt and Mrs. Hewitt are excited to bring this experience to Assumption School! We expect construction to begin in May or June with full implementation in August 2018.