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6 of the World’s Most Unusual Schools

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5. Forest Kindergartens.

Who says you need walls to learn? Heck, who needs a building at all? Forest kindergartens, a concept popularized in Europe, are schools for 3-6 year olds that take place almost entirely outdoors. Kids in regular kindergartens play on the monkey bars; kids in forest kindergarten climb trees. Rain or shine, snow or rain, heat or cold, these kids are out exploring and interacting with their environment.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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8:14AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

10:12PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

Thank you for a great article with good information. I loved all the schools, the kids are lucky to be given to chance to attend these.

6:03AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

thanks

8:40AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

pretty cool

6:23PM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

I think the cave school is awesome because it involved a community coming together to educate their children who otherwise would have nothing. Sometimes the government doesn't think before shutting down something that is important to a community. It makes it better that it was in a cage, more uniqie, and the kids looked happy enough :)

5:32AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

John S. -- First of all, it's LGBT*, not LGTG. Second of all, yes, it IS diverse. If you'd bothered to do even five seconds of research, you'll see the school is NOT limited to only LGBT* individuals. Maybe if the school you went to had taught you about educating yourself before speaking on topics you know nothing about, you'd not be looking so silly right now.

8:49AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

noted with interest.

8:26AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Is there any school for anteaters?

6:06AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Interesting

2:22AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Totally useless, especially listing schools that have been closed for several years, or celebrating a school for diversity because it's only for LGTG students (not really diversity, is it).

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