Welcome back to our Camp Diaries. Our first blog post offered a glimpse into a day at Karuizawa Summer Nature Adventure. Today, we're focusing on the campfire, a crucial part of our outdoor activities and a powerful tool for teaching our young learners safety, responsibility, and respect for nature.
Our fire learning activities kick off with our campers gathering sticks of four different sizes - pencil lead size, pencil size, finger size, and gobo size (roughly the size of a burdock root) - for the fire. This activity teaches them about teamwork and visual discrimination and fosters a sense of camaraderie as they cheer each other on and celebrate their collective effort.
They also help create a safe fire area, digging a hole and setting up a perimeter. These hands-on experiences lay the groundwork for the day's activities and give our young learners a deeper understanding of fire safety.
Our facilitators are vital to the learning journey. They're skilled at turning emergent curiosities into valuable lessons. For example, when the kids show interest in the campfire, our facilitators are ready to teach essential fire skills and safety knowledge. They're trained in both safety and childcare, enabling them to adapt to the children's reactions and adjust the environment and lessons accordingly.
We introduce 'Fiery Fox,' a fun and engaging book that helps us teach fire safety. Through Fiery Fox, we demonstrate safe practices and emphasize the importance of repetition and familiarity with safety rules. This approach makes fire safety an integral part of our early childhood education program, equipping our learners with essential knowledge and skills for outdoor adventures.
Reflecting on a day at Karuizawa Nature Adventure, it's clear that fire learning is transformative. Our young learners arrive curious and leave with new skills and knowledge. They learn about fire and safety, teamwork, problem-solving, and respect for nature. These experiences leave a lasting impact, equipping our learners with skills beyond the campfire.
Join us next time as we continue to explore the unique aspects of our Nature Adventure Program at Rising Field in Karuizawa. We can't wait to share more with you!
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