Stories in the Schoolyard

Stories in the Schoolyard invites children to step outside and find delight in the ordinary, wonderful ways nature’s stories unfold. This active and place-responsive program will support students to foster a sense of belonging in nature at the same time as sparking their curiosity to learn more.

In this program, we'll connect with a particular plant or animal in your schoolyard. We'll also follow along with the adventures of Gary the Goose as he finds courage in the face of fear.

Stephanie provided an exceptional outdoor experience for my class. Her activities encompassed Social Studies curriculum, Indigenous Studies, Science, Language Arts, leadership, cooperation; all with a beautiful incorporation of social and emotional well being.
Program DetailsLocationIn your schoolyard (or nearby park or green space)GradesK-4 (see curriculum connections below)Duration90 minutesCost$150/program (or $125/program with multiple bookings at the same site on the same day)
Program Includes
  • A puppet story
  • Imaginative sensory play
  • Indigenous connections
  • Group poetry writing
  • Active movement
  • Talking Circle
Curriculum Connections to Alberta's Programs of Study
 KindergartenGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4
English Language ArtsOral stories; Action songsOral stories; Listen to explore thoughts ideas, feelings and experiences; Enhance clarity and artistry of communication; Respect, support and collaborate with othersWrite to enhance artistry; Contribute relevant ideas from personal experience to group language activities; Express feelings related to events in oral textsWrite to enhance artistry; Explore ideas and feelings by asking questions, talking to others and referring to oral texts; Work cooperatively with others in small groupsEnhance the clarity and artistry of communication; Speak to explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences; Respond personally to oral texts; Respect, support and collaborate with others
ScienceEnvironmental and community awareness; Five senses; Seasons; Animal adaptationsSeasonal changes; Five senses; Needs of animals and plantsSmall crawling and flying animals; Hot and cold temperatureHearing and sound; Animal lifecyclesPlant growth and changes – observe plant growth within the community
Social StudiesI am unique; I belong; Care and concern for environmentMy world: home, school, and community; Moving forward with the past: my family, my history, my communityCommunities in Canada; Appreciation of physical and human geography where we liveQuality of lifeAlberta: relationships between Indigenous people and the land; value and respecting one’s relationship with the environment; natural regions of Alberta
Physical EducationLocomotor SkillsLocomotor SkillsLocomotor SkillsLocomotor SkillsLocomotor Skills
We gratefully acknowledge that we work in the traditional territory of the Îethka (Stoney Nakoda) – comprising the Chiniki, Wesley and the Bearspaw; the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) – including the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai; the Tsuut'ina Nation; as well as the Métis people of Alberta - Region 3. Thimbleberry is committed to education for reconciliation as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.