teacher in the park

My very good friend has a 6 year old. I've kept close track of her school through my friend - both before and after our world changed. My friend, like millions of other parents became home school teachers over night. 

I saw the challenges this created first hand. I learned about the online curriculum, the daily lessons, and the checking off the weekly assignments. 

My friend and I were chatting the other day, and I said, it would be really great to get a group of kids together, and teach them as a group - like a group home school, but outside.

When San Diego and LA Counties announced that children would not be returning to school in the fall, the idea solidified, clicked and made perfect sense to me. 

My early childhood education has a near and dear place in my heart . I attended The Avery Coonley School, where Mrs. Coonley's philosophy was based on the principle of learning and nature. I remember tapping Maple Trees in the winter, learning French, having a morning meditation in the library, playing the cello, being in small classrooms, and even the Avery Coonly ghost.

I taught at the University of California, Irvine for 8 years, and thoroughly enjoyed the teaching experience.

Teaching outside not only brings Nature and education together, but is a perfect solution to our current circumstance. 

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