Friends of Blessed Sacrament,
As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening our early childhood and elementary program, we would like to create an outdoor learning environment. Using the area around the Blessed Sacrament playground, the outdoor learning environment will promote active learning through intentional play. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers. As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges. Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills. When play is allowed to be child driven, children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.
These are the different learning stations that would be created for our outdoor learning environment:
To help create these amazing learning stations, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School is seeking the new or gently used items below. Items can be brought to the School Office between March 14-18, 2022. A group of families, high school students, and community members will then gather on Saturday, March 19, 2022 – The Feast of St. Joseph – and create these stations.
Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Aguilar, our Elementary Coordinator, if you have questions regarding the donated items. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I appreciate your consideration in helping our outdoor learning environment become a reality for our students and teachers!
In service to the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament,