Have you ever observed your child waiting patiently as an earth worm makes its way across the sidewalk? Seen them run outside with abandon to enjoy the first snowfall? Watched them create a craft, a sword and a house all out of a simple pile of sticks? None of these moments took place in a typical classroom setting; yet, we can all agree that there was learning in those moments.
There is a movement around the world to move away from screen time and return to nature. Studies suggest physical activity and exposure to nature are important to good health, and can reduce sadness and negative emotions.
If you see value in having your child reconnect to nature; use those experiences to develop numeracy and literacy skills; while fostering a sense of community and connectedness to all living things, then our classroom is the right spot for your child!
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Kuo, F. E. (2010). Parks and other green environments: essential components of a healthy human habitat: National Recreation and Park Association.
Bowler, D. E., Buyung-Ali, L. M., Knight, T. M., & Pullin, A. S. (2010). A systematic review of evidence for the added benefits to health of exposure to natural environments. BMC Public Health, 10(1), 456