Bay View Elementary taking learning to the great outdoors

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: September 15, 2020 06:38 PM

Bay View Elementary is taking a different approach to learning this new school year by incorporating the outdoors for classes.


Going outside will no longer be only for recess or physical education at Bay View Elementary. Now, it's the new way students will be learning, being surrounded by the great outdoors.

"I was very concerned about them being in the classroom the entire day with limited movement," said Julie Lysher, a second grade teacher at Bay View Elementary. "I was thinking how can I be with my students, but keep them safe and still make learning enjoyable."

Embracing the outdoors by doing classes outside is what teachers and staff thought was the best option for students during this health pandemic and got to work over the summer to create the outdoor classes.

Students are all for it and were excited to see their outdoor classes Tuesday.

"I can always look around and it's better than like sitting down and I can move around," said Ellinor Johnson, a second grader.

"I'm thrilled with their reaction, they're genuinely excited. They're exploring and they're just really pumped up to have some new opportunities for them," said Lysher.

Teachers are able to incorporate the outdoors for many subjects they teach. There's different outdoor sections for students to enjoy like a beautiful garden to read, a section to do painting, tip toe sensory, weaving, and a music wall.

"I think the music is cool because we can always play on it even at recess and the paint section too," said Johnson.

Students get to also go in the woods to do fun nature activities. Mrs. Lysher's second grade class had a blast doing some exploring of the woods  on their first day of classes.

"In our nature journal we are writing and looking for insects and creatures and what the clouds look like," said Johnson.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity. The more time they spend outside, the healthier they will be physically and mentally," said Lysher.

Teachers said they plan using the outdoor space as much as possible, even in the winter. 


Alejandra Palacios

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