In the dynamic atmosphere of the 21st century, with kids captivated by electronics and new forms of media, teachers can find it difficult to engage students in important lessons. Though the tools for teaching are readily available, educators often have to think outside of the box in order to teach their students as effectively as possible.

The earlier a child’s interest in learning is piqued, the better, as their thirst for knowledge can inform the rest of their academic career. That is one of the many reasons why Hopewell-based pre-school strives to get their students interested in learning early.

This video was made possible thanks to the Give Something Back Foundation.
This video was made possible thanks to the Give Something Back Foundation.

On the subject of modern day education, Nicole Langdo, Founding Director of Painted Oak Nursery School and Kindergarten, sat down during an episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato to talk about how she uses the great outdoors as a classroom.

Langdo explains that her approach is a little non-traditional, offering students a more effective way to learn early-on: “We draw inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach,” Langdo explains. “So what that means is that the children are really the directors of their own learning. The teachers are the facilitators.” The nursery school is now in its fifth year.

Langdo further states that there are no worksheets or tests given at her school; much of the educational stimulation is instead provided through curiosity and the exploration of the great outdoors.

To learn more about Langdo’s teaching methods, and why she believes nature should play a bigger role in early childhood education, check out this segment of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.

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