About this Blog
My name is Sabrina and I started this blog as a way to share activities to help young children learn at home or at school with an emphasis on learning outside. Some of these activities I developed as a teacher and others I have done with my own children. No one develops in a vacuum, so these activities have all, in some way, been inspired by the amazing teachers I have encountered in my life (particularly Mr. Cohen & Mrs. Evans)! This also includes my mother who particularly loved doing lots of gardening, science and art with us when we were growing up.
I’m passionate about getting children to learn and play in the outdoors. I think learning through hands-on, practical activities is essential. As you will find from my posts, I think it is important to use research to inform teaching and learning. This is why I include some links to research to explain the benefits of the activities that I share.
I have a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. After several years of working in a role supporting families and adoptive parents, I decided to go into teaching. I obtained a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London and became a primary school teacher. I helped my schools gain awards in outdoor learning, and as part of my role as Science Coordinator, I helped develop an outdoor and gardening linked science curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2. I am currently serving as a school governor (where I used to teach) while I am taking some time out from work to raise my children.
I thought I should say there is a lot of pressure these days for teachers and parents to ‘do it all’. Please keep in mind these activities are just to give people ideas and inspiration. Some of these activities involve more time and energy than others. Generally, they don’t require lots of preparation, apart from gathering the resources needed. Please don’t put pressure on yourself to do everything. You are doing a great job – don’t forget it! <3