Here is a recent testimonial from one of our docents:
"Happy New Year!
Just taught my first LC lesson of 2020 on Thursday, and lo and behold, I found a holiday card and gift in the wagon for me! What a nice surprise. And what a cool wooden set of utensils. Very handy for a picnic, as they’re all set to go in their carrying case. Thank you both very much!
Have to say, it’s totally unnecessary, as I really enjoy the time I spend with Living Classroom. It’s such a pleasure. Three reasons why:
1. The program is an awesome hands-on addition to the much-regulated elementary school science/ history/ math curricula. (I’ll also throw in “English,” as I enjoy expanding the students’ vocabulary.).
2. The lesson plans are wonderfully organized and detailed. This way, the high caliber of the lessons is kept unadulterated and intact. I love that. But even better, the lessons are so exciting and fun that the students are thrilled every time a LC docent enters their classroom. Talk about a terrific entrance.
3. The training sessions are not just hugely helpful, which they are, but also critical to preserving the integrity of the program. There’s nothing like going through each step of every lesson, complete with hand-outs, story-reading, and jaunts to the garden, to grasp completely the entire gist of that day’s lesson. I so appreciate the time you and the LC staff put into our docent training.
It builds confidence, sure, but more than that, your training provides us with the knowledge and tools to present our program with all the bells and whistles we can muster. After all, it seems to me that our job is to grab these young students’ imagination and steer their attention to the majesty, mystery and vulnerability of nature. Which Living Classroom does in spades.
Many thanks, Mallory and Susan. I got a bit long-winded. Just wanted you to know that your inexhaustible efforts and irrepressible good humor do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
If you are interested in sharing your love of nature with children, consider becoming a Living Classroom docent. No experience required. Docents also receive invitations to special enrichment events including hikes, topical presentations, and hands-on activities as well as appreciation brunches.