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Our Land Acknowledgement shows recognition of and respect for Indigenous peoples from the past and the present. We acknowledge that the property of Richland Academy is situated upon traditional territories of the Anishinabek, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Mississaugas of the Credit, Mississauga and the Wendat peoples.
Recognizing this land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honouring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial.
A process that engages students in direct and active interactions with objects or phenomena in the immediate environment, usually through the use of one or more senses (observing, feeling, hearing, smelling, tasting, and intuition)
Moves away from textbooks as the central or sole repository of knowledge
Involves a continuous exchange between students’ immediate experiences and their personal reflections in order to reassess previously held beliefs and influence future experiences and beliefs
Seeks to transform experience into newly-formed knowledge
Benefits of Outdoor Experiential Inquiry-Based Learning:
Children’s daily exposure to natural settings improves their capacity to focus, and enhances cognitive ability
Daily outdoor activity, regardless of weather, increases motor coordination and concentration
Increases student enthusiasm and engagement in learning
“The outdoors offers students a range of opportunities to use all of their senses, to learn through doing, as they explore the world around them.” ~The Ontario Ministry of Education policy framework, Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow, 2009