First published in the printed December 17 issue of the South Pasadena Review.
South Pasadena Unified School District campuses are known to use every square inch of classroom space for the benefit of students.
However, at Arroyo Vista Elementary School, the SPUSD facilities team reallocated an area of unusable land outside of Grade 1 classrooms by adding waterless grass and picnic tables to create a outdoor learning environment.
The yard renovation project was designed for teachers to expand their outdoor learning space as well as to provide an additional lunch area for grade 1 students.
Students used the space for reading aloud time, partner learning activities, “reading buddy” reading time, and physical education.
“I am considering being able to use the space for STEAM activities to improve our program this year as well,” said Jillian Jones, first year teacher at Arroyo Vista. “The students love the change of scenery and I appreciate so much being able to extend the walls of our classroom outside. “