Pewaukee school builds outdoor classrooms during pandemic

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Pewaukee, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Many schools are focusing heavily on virtual learning and technology this school year. That’s not the case at one Wisconsin school. Students are spending more time outdoors. As FOX’s Aaron Maybin shows us, one classroom is standing out.

At the Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, just past the chicken coop and through the golden prairie stands a sturdy hand-built classroom made of wood.

“The children really seem to be thriving,” said fourth grade teacher, Lindsey Earle.

This is Lindsey Earle’s fourth grade classroom, as 13 students, socially distant.

“I was excited to go in it,” said one student.

Over the summer, Earle had help from friends and parents to assemble this outdoor classroom option amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Earle said, “So that we would have fresh air and circulation that we needed to be as safe as possible.”

On this crisp fall morning, the kids are dressed in layers. The tarp-covered classroom is heated.

One student said, “My favorite part is the fire because it warms you up.”

Every grade has an outdoor classroom, like this third-grade class partially built from straw.

Even before the pandemic, students spent tons of time outside, but now that time has increased.

The school is less focused on technology and more on the outdoors and play-based learning in younger grades.

“I think many teachers would agree that we feel like we’re camping most days,” said Earle.

“I feel like being outside is a little more fun,” said one student.

Students are advancing and appreciating the ingenuity.

In Pewaukee, Aaron Maybin, FOX 6 News.

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