Learning Outdoors with the Meek Family

Learning Outdoors with the Meek Family by Tim Meek and Kerry Meek

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Format: Paperback / softback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780711236950
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Education does not always need to take place behind a desk, in a classroom or with a teacher.  Family time is just as important as school time, and these 52 ‘Ed-ventures’ provide parents with a fantastic bank of ideas to support and enhance their children’s formal schooling. Each exciting adventure can easily be fitted into a weekend.

Chapters include Buildings to See, Places to Go, Travel & Transport, By the Water, Country Life and Culture & Entertainment. Within each activity there is plenty of scope to help your children develop enquiring minds, including ideas on what to do before you get there, while you’re there and when you get back, plus tips, suggestions and ways of encouraging different ways to learn via reading, listening, visual, sensory and physical means.

Whether you’re visiting a wind farm or stepping on to a train, visiting an historical building or looking at a sculpture in your local park, Learning Outdoors provides all the educational stimulation you and your children need for some great Ed-ventures in the open air. 

TIM and KERRY MEEK, teachers from Nottingham, are just regular parents striving to bring up their two daughters, Amy (10) and Ella (8), as best they can. Their approach
to parenting is one full of love and care, but one that is also deliberately punctuated with managed risk and age-appropriate challenge. This means slightly less cotton wool than the norm is used to wrap up their children, and opportunities to explore, discover and enjoy adventure and outdoor quality family time are sought and seized whenever possible.

Their mantra “Adventure is out there; you just have to go and find it.” is a quote that Amy expressed when she was 7 years old. It remains at the core of everything they do as a family. Tim and Kerry believe that encouraging family adventuring in the outdoors has several key benefits for all family members, but particularly the children:

— It promotes quality family time, leads to shared experiences, and can strengthen family bonds

— It helps develop important skills and competencies in children such as planning, risk
assessment, collaboration and many more

— It promotes and encourages an interest in nature, wildlife and the natural world

— It presents opportunities to value and develop important personal qualities e.g. resilience, perseverance, determination, flexible thinking and problem solving

— It's fun and highly rewarding!

TIM and KERRY MEEK, teachers from Nottingham, are just regular parents striving to bring up their two daughters, Amy (10) and Ella (8), as best they can. Their approach
to parenting is one full of love and care, but one that is also deliberately punctuated with managed risk and age-appropriate challenge. This means slightly less cotton wool than the norm is used to wrap up their children, and opportunities to explore, discover and enjoy adventure and outdoor quality family time are sought and seized whenever possible.

Their mantra “Adventure is out there; you just have to go and find it.” is a quote that Amy expressed when she was 7 years old. It remains at the core of everything they do as a family. Tim and Kerry believe that encouraging family adventuring in the outdoors has several key benefits for all family members, but particularly the children:

— It promotes quality family time, leads to shared experiences, and can strengthen family bonds

— It helps develop important skills and competencies in children such as planning, risk
assessment, collaboration and many more

— It promotes and encourages an interest in nature, wildlife and the natural world

— It presents opportunities to value and develop important personal qualities e.g. resilience, perseverance, determination, flexible thinking and problem solving

— It's fun and highly rewarding!

Format: Paperback / softback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780711236950
Illustrations: over 150 colour photographs and 7 diagrams
Size: 6.614 in x 8.504 in / 168 mm x 216 mm
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CONTENTS

Page 6 Introduction 4pp

Page 10 1 Things to do to pass the time on a journey 2pp

Page 12 BUILDINGS TO SEE (6)

Page 14    2 Windmill/water mill 4pp

Page 18   3 Museum 2pp

Page 20    4 Castle/fort 4pp

Page 24 5 Religious building 2pp

Page 26    6 Historical building 4pp

Page 30   7 Factory/cottage industry 4pp

Page 34 PLACES TO GO (15)

Page 36   8 Zoo 2pp

Page 38 9 Campsite 4pp

Page 42    10 Outdoor retail park 2pp

Page 44   11 Race course 2pp

Page 46 12 Market 4pp

Page 50    13 Playground 2pp

Page 52    14 Wind farm 4pp Plus diagram

Page 56   15 Village 2pp

Page 58   16 Town 2pp

Page 60    17 City (and capital cities) 2pp

Page 62    18 Allotments/gardens 4pp

Page 66    19 Fairground 2pp

Page 68    20 Animal sanctuary 2pp

Page 70     21 Sports ground 2pp

Page 72    22 Holiday resort 4pp (could move to travel)

76 TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT (5)

Page 78      23 Train  4pp

Page 82      24 Ferry 2pp

Page 84      25 Airport 2pp

Page 86    26  Boat ride 2pp

Page 88 27 Bridge 4pp Plus diagram

92 BY THE WATER 10

Page 94 28 Beach 4pp

Page 98 29 Cliff 2pp

Page 100 30 River 4pp Plus diagram

Page 104 31 Lake 2pp

Page 106 32 Island 4pp

Page 110 33 Canal 2pp

Page 112 34 Cave 2pp

Page 114 35 Lighthouse 2pp

Page 116 36 Waterfall 2pp

Page 118 37 Reservoir 4pp

122 COUNTRY LIFE 10

Page 124 38 Farm 4pp

Page 128 39 Valley 2pp

Page 130 40 Vineyard/Orchard/Fruit farm 4pp

Page 134 41 Mountain/Hill 4pp

Page 138 42 Mine/Quarry 4pp

Page 142 43 Nature reserve (inc. wetland & salt marsh) 4pp (could be By

the Water?)

Page 146 44 Safari Park/Game Reserve 2pp

Page 148 45 Forest/woods 4pp

Page 152 46 Field 2pp

Page 154 47 National Park 2pp

156 CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT 5

Page 158 48 Sculpture 4pp

Page 162 49 Statue 2pp

Page 164 50 Festival/show 4pp

Page 168 51 theatre/amphitheatre 2pp

Page 170 52 Famous landmark 2pp

Page 172 Appendix: Age-related activities 2pp

Page 174-5 Index 2pp

Page 176 Acks 1pp

' The next time the children ask, 'what shall we do today?', you'll have the prefect resource to inspire you!'

'The ideas and activities would be as useful for parents as they would be for educators, and would be even more ideal for making the home-school learning link so much more fun.'

' The next time the children ask, 'what shall we do today?', you'll have the prefect resource to inspire you!'

'The ideas and activities would be as useful for parents as they would be for educators, and would be even more ideal for making the home-school learning link so much more fun.'