Find out how outdoor learning can build children's confidence and transform their relationships with teachers.
Whoever said nothing good can be learned outside the classroom has never planted and harvested vegetables with their own hands, seen a litter of puppies come into the world or drifted off to sleep with the soft blinking of fireflies beside their bed.
Many of us are so used to the conventional way of learning, which is within the 4 walls of a classroom, that we rarely think of other environments that don’t involve an actual classroom.
I’m not saying that learning within a classroom doesn’t have benefits. In fact, the classroom is essential for learning. It provides a stable, regulated, organised centre for developing an understanding of a given subject.
It also provides children a place to listen, to comprehend and to learn what skills are necessary to do. But have you ever thought how stimulating it might be for a child if learning were taken outside the classroom… outdoor learning so-to-speak?
Once students have had a chance to learn and prepare within a classroom, it is time to let them go. We must allow them to go out and see the how, why and what of what they have learned.
Only when they see a cocoon shrivel and a butterfly emerge will they understand the importance of living things, life cycles and environmental events
Only when they see how much ¼ cup is and that 2 cups of flour is all that is needed to bake cookies will mathematical measurements really mean something to them.
These type of non-traditional classrooms are where dreams of being future doctors, scientists, musicians, artists, teachers and parents are born.
Here is where extra-curricular activities come into play as well and we all know about the benefits of sports and other outdoor activities.
The benefits of outdoor learning… continued on the next page.