iLEAD Agua Dulce


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iLEAD Aqua Dulce Featuring




Lisa Latimer and Aidan Bybee

Our TK/K Outdoor Classroom gives our learners opportunities to explore, instills a sense of wonderment, connects learners with nature, and provides them with challenging, exciting and unique experiences to help them learn on a deeper level.

We value joy in learning!

“Play-based learning is an effective teaching strategy.”

So, while learners think they are just “playing”, we have actually planned learners’ day with intentionality, so they are actively learning.  Our outdoor centers, activities and open-ended lessons are researched-based and age appropriate. Giving our learners the ability to explore on their own and have hands-on experiences are essential for healthy brain development and is the best way to develop their imagination, physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Music can be heard and bubbles float through the air while our learners develop a sense of awe and expand upon their inquisitiveness in the outdoor area.

Each week the outdoor classroom centers have different components to keep a sense of curiosity and engagement flowing. Check back often as we will update with research, articles and picture documentation of the children, so our families can see and understand the process.


About the Authors

Meet  Lisa Latimer 

Lisa has over 30 years experience in education. She began her career as a preschool teacher and preschool director, then went on to teach elementary school before becoming a K-8th grade Director. Lisa has experience in both the private and public school spectrum and has seen the benefits that come with allowing children to explore, experiment, and discover on their own.   She is an advocate for a child’s right to play and has attended numerous trainings on developing an Outdoor Classroom and implementing “Play” into the TK/K program. Since Play and connecting with nature is integral to the academic environment, the iLEAD Agua Dulce Outdoor Classroom was created. Lisa values and whole-heartedly agrees with the research that has been conducted on Play and connecting children with the outdoors, and how essential it is for educational and social and emotional well-being.


Meet Aidan Bybee

Aidan Bybee is the Outdoor Classroom Facilitator at iLEAD Agua Dulce. With her creative mind and understanding of the components needed for healthy brain development, Aidan has turned the Outdoor Classroom into a magical place for our learners. Aidan is trained in outdoor development/curriculum and play. She is a true warrior for ensuring that our TK-5th grade learners develop an appreciation for the outdoors and connect with nature. Above all she loves when the learners immerse themselves in messy fun!


For More on Play-Based Education Explore:

Defining Play-based Learning

Erica Danniels, MEd, Angela Pyle, PhD

OISE University of Toronto, Canada

February 2018


The Role of Make-Believe Play in Development of Self-Regulation    

Laura E. Berk, PhD

Illinois State University, USA

February 2018


Play-Based Learning and Social Development

Emily N. Daubert, PhD Student, Geetha B. Ramani, PhD, Kenneth H. Rubin, PhD

University of Maryland, USA

February 2018


Cognitive Development in Play-Based Learning

Doris Bergen, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, Emerita

Miami University, USA

February 2018

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

John Hamilton, npsEd, How Learning Happens

August 6th, 2014

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Being Makers

Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
Being Makers

Being Makers

Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
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