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Albany, Oregon. By Sarah Bourne ED 487 http://www.cityofalbany.net/parks/parks.php?show=Timber_Linn&view=Timber_Li nn-18.jpg
How Can Parks Help Educate Children?
According to the American Planning Association, City parks offer children the daily benefits of direct experience with nature, the motivation to explore, discover, and learn about there world and to engage in health promoting, physical activity.
Timber Linn Park Offers Children- A chance to explore and learn from:
Nature Creek Pond Bugs Ducks Fish Plants Trees Sports and Activities Soccer - AYSO Baseball and T-ball Frisbee Golf Horse Shoes
War Memorial Home of the 63 rd Blue Star Veterans Memorial. Events and Recreation Picnics Parties Sporting Events Outdoor Concerts Wah Changs Art and Air Festival A three day event at the park.
Hot air balloons each morning. Craft booths with displays and items for sale. Old Cars. Children's crafts and activities. Youth Eagle Flights free for children ages 8-17. Night glow one evening. Concerts each night. http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/ photo/5WblZE_O87J4Z5iUYK5RNQ
The park is located on 90 acres. Within a mile of the ridges schools. Next to the Albany Municipal Airport and the Fair Grounds. Located on the city bus route.
Using Timber Linn to Build School and Family Partnerships.
Classrooms can take field trips to the park, and encourage parents to join them on the field trip. Ask parent to take a trip to the park with children and complete a scavenger hunt. The teacher can make one with questions like find three things that are the color red, or how many steps are there on the slide. The questions can vary depending on students age. This can promote cognitive skills like counting and color recognition in young children. This also encourages parents to be creative and engage children in learning outside.
Class picnics or BBQs can be held at the park. Family fun days, where the families of the class can get together at the park for a day of fun and games.
Things you can do with children at the park.
Look at and compare rocks, are they flat, round, smooth, or sharp. Look for bugs, ask children about where they think bugs might be. Skip rocks on the pond. Watch and feed the ducks, depending on the time of year watch the ducklings. Ask children where the ducks might build a nest. Play tag or ball. Go fishing.
A park allows for the whole family to be involved in learning and teaching. Teachers can use parks as an educational tool, to encourage families to visit parks. Parents can use natural resources to educate children by exploring parks in the community they live in. Parks encourage physical activity. Barbour,C, Barbour., N., & Scully,P. (2011) Families, Schools, and Communities Building Partnership for Education Children. New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.
Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning....They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play. --Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood
http://www.scribd.com/doc/22929/play- quotes http://www.scribd.com/doc/22929/play- quotes http://www.planning.org/cityparks/briefing papers/helpchildrenlearn.htm http://www.planning.org/cityparks/briefing papers/helpchildrenlearn.htm Barbour,C, Barbour., N., & Scully,P. (2011) Families, Schools, and Communities Building Partnership for Education Children. New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.