I tried everything, but my 2-year-old’s feet were STILL COLD after 3 hours of outdoor school. I tried thick wool socks with loose boots. I tried 2 thick pairs of socks with an even bigger size of boots, but the bend of the Bogs wouldn’t let his thick foot inside. I tried thin, polyester liner socks under thick wool socks. The boots we have are supposed to be “comfort rated to 5 degrees fahrenheit,” but my son’s feet were cold at only 30 degrees fahrenheit and I was getting FRUSTRATED!
After 2.5 years of getting my son ready for outdoor preschool, we have some pretty refined routines for getting ready. While I am able watch what other parents do with their kids when they arrive at school, we rarely get a chance to discuss what they're doing at home to get ready. I've never even THOUGHT about asking what they do the night BEFORE school, but the other day a parent posted a photo of her 3 kids wearing their base layers to bed. We also wear our base layer shirt to bed (because my son tends to get too hot at night for both top and bottom), so it was fun to see them doing something similar. Then I realized, what if other parents hadn't thought of this time-saving trick yet?
Here are a few tips about how to prepare for outdoor preschool the Night Before School:
I also wrote recommendations for what to do in the morning and once you get to school (whether you're walking, biking, or driving to school) on cold and wet days. These are available as a free download through the Kinder.Earth Newsletter.
Click here if you'd like me to email you this free PDF! It describes what we do the night before school, the morning of school, and when we get to school.
- Teacher Kendall
Dr. Kendall Becherer
Kendall is an author, photographer, teacher, and learning scientist who loves helping parents & teachers find new ways of connecting with their children.