5th graders started the school year exploring tidal pools and salt marshes at the Milford Point Audubon Center.
Learning outdoors is an everyday part of the Foote experience. From searching the campus woods for animals to illustrate a food web to studying the monarchs that flock to the butterfly garden, students use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom.
Numerous studies support the benefits of outdoor time: boosted attention spans, improved academics, more fully developed senses and a fascination with the natural world. Unstructured play outdoors also develops problem-solving and executive function skills and encourages creative and collaborative play.
Beyond the campus, Foote students make great use of the area’s abundant natural and built resources, studying water quality in New Haven’s West River, touring New Haven’s outdoor public sculpture, investigating Milford salt marshes for invasive species, and much more.
Outdoor Learning provides a great opportunity for teachers to expand with their curriculum and students to learn from it. This episode of This Week at Foote explains how our teachers implement outdoor learning into their classes.
Foote’s large community garden is a place of discovery and learning for every grade. Sixth graders carefully observed and measured plants to make detailed drawings.