A growing body of research affirms that nature-based outdoor classrooms have been linked to positive learning and developmental outcomes including enhanced imaginative play, increased physical and mental well-being, and environmental stewardship.
Nature-based programs have endless advantages. Students who have participated this type of program have shown:
- Improved sleep habits
- Greater sense of calm and focus
- Improved mood
- Improved health (through increased physical activity and improved nutrition)
- Growing creativity and problem solving skills
- Reduced stress
- Improved eyesight (direct link to reduced rates of near-sightedness)
- Increased concern for the environment
- Improved concentration
- Increased language and collaborative skills
The advantages are amazing! In fact, this particular case study highlights nine skills that are thoroughly supported in a nature-based, outdoor classroom style of education.
1. Creative Representation
5. Visual Spatial
When our young students participate in Forest School, they are doing much more than playing outside - they're confidently learning a diverse skill set ... in the funnest way possible!
“Forest School can often be described as a ‘magical’ thing to witness, as it’s often a microcosm of collaboration, communication, trust building, and a working model of consensus building.”
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About Discovery Child Care
Barrie Based Discovery Child Care brings nature into the classroom and takes the classroom into nature, offering an environmentally aware foundation of early learning for children, from infants to school-age. We follow an Emergent Curriculum philosophy which means, your child will be provided with hands-on, play-based learning opportunities that will encourage active exploration, autonomy, choice, problem solving and plain old fun! Your child’s individual interests, abilities and needs will be considered when planning our indoor and outdoor programs. For more information, visit http://www.discoverychild.on.ca