Distractions only increase as we move through the year. There will slowly be more bird calls, more insects, more buds popping and forming into leaves, animals having babies, and so on. That means now, when there are fewer distractions, is a great time to start a phenology journal!
The start of the school year is typically when we tend to purchase the most consumable supplies, equipment, toys for our indoor classroom space. I want you to maximize your money by being intentional about the materials you choose so they encourage deep learning and hopefully learning with nature.
As the nature-based education movement grows there are more and more playgrounds that look natural, but function the same as a traditional playground–with few choices for play, minimal loose parts, and heavy emphasis on physical play rather than a mix of play types.