At Wild Learning®, we believe that the outdoor environment is the ideal classroom for children. Our curriculums, Wild Math® and Wild Reading® use nature as a tool for learning essential math and reading skills. Research has shown that learning outside can increase attention, is more engaging, and is naturally hands-on and multi-sensory.
Wild Math® reimagines math instruction for the natural outdoor environment. Fractions are modeled using mud pies, place value is introduced with bundles of sticks, multiplication is introduced by examining flower petals, and games replace worksheets.
Wild Reading® leads children through structured explicit instruction in phonological awareness skills, phonics, high frequency words, writing, reading comprehension, language and other key reading skills. Outdoor and hands on activities such as, word squares, scavenger hunts, mammal search, sit spots, and word hopscotch make learning active, hands-on, and fun.
Wild Reading® Level 1 takes beginning readers on a story-based journey following Matilda the Mouse and her adventures to the top of a marvelous mountain. Each week, the story highlights the week’s featured letter sound and is followed by lessons and nature-inspired activities in phonological awareness skills, letter formation, word families/phonics, common “sight” words, writing activities, independent reading practice using decodable books, and other key literacy skills throughout the week. Phonics skills are taught sequentially.
Wild Reading® Level 2 continues the sequential introduction of phonics patterns such as long vowels, vowel teams, and r- controlled vowels taught using multi-sensory activities that can be done indoors or out. Children begin each week reading, writing, and building words, then progress to reading and writing at the sentence level and then finally end the week by read a decodable book or nature story from the Wild Reader. Reading and writing activities are nature inspired, hands on and fun. Reading comprehension skills are a taught through reading quality picture books aloud to build background knowledge combined with discussion and activities. Nature enrichment activities are suggested for each week and build background knowledge about the natural world.®
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Hi there! We are the Tidd family and we are passionate about outdoor learning! We live in a log cabin tucked into the woods near Ithaca, NY.
Rachel Tidd is the author of the Wild Math® and Wild Reading® Curriculums and a leading proponent of integrating core academic skills with the outdoors and natural materials. She became interested in teaching and learning outside after watching her two children thrive in an outdoor forest preschool. Wild Math® and Wild Reading® have been used in schools and by homeschool parents throughout the U.S. and the world. Her forthcoming book Wild Learning: Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors will be published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in April 2023. Photo by Chelsea Fausel