The sun shines through. Dew is on the grass. And our outdoor classrooms await the arrival of eager students. Outdoor classrooms are just one of the many ways that Free Union Country School has kept safe, in-person learning going both last year and into the fall opening of school this year.
According to Sandy Hausman in a piece she did last spring for WVTF public radio, "for many children COVID has meant educational setbacks as they struggled to absorb lessons online. But for others the pandemic has underscored the value of learning outside. Once upon a time, children did not sit in classrooms listening to lectures. Instead, they were outside with elders, studying nature and how to survive. Today, some schools in Europe and the United States are returning to forests and fields, lakes, creeks and beaches to learn."
As students here at Free Union spend upwards of 90% of their time outdoors in fields, forests, and tents, take a look at this video showing learning during the pandemic that many might consider a return to the best of an earlier time.