Outdoor learning can act as a great supplement to your child’s current at-home quarantine learning curriculum.
Let’s face it; being stuck at home for a few months, ideas could be running thin. However, the energy and curiosity of the kids are not running out any time soon.
Whether at home, in the classroom, or during a summer camp, it is always important to mix up the learning environment. That is why we, and many other professionals, believe that outdoor learning can present a great adjunct learning method.
Let’s explore that some more.
The Many Ways That Outdoor Learning Benefits Children
Great, outdoor learning can present a new environment for learning. But what exactly does that mean for the long-term impact on children?
First of all, taking the educational setting outside presents opportunities for students to apply their knowledge. Rather than in a classroom, they can see, in the real world, how things work.
Whether it’s observation, building, or collaborating, applying themselves outside the classroom will stick. This means that it will be easier for young students to remember what they learn!
Outside, you can always be learning with new and exciting tools and in new places.
So, the learning becomes “applied” and therefore “memorable.”
The outdoor learning experience can help to boost the self-esteem of children. This can be done in a variety of ways, as we will explain later, but it rings true every time.
Whether taking care of plants or being active outdoors, children can experience that sense of accomplishment. They can refine motor skills while learning about the natural environment.
As we know, physical activity is key for children. What’s better than being outside in the fresh air, playing with water, observing insects, birds, experiencing the smell of flowers, touching a tree?
Indoors, this is simply impossible. Outside, however, children have the freedom to play and explore differently.
Now that the benefits are clear, let’s get to the real kicker; what is the best way to incorporate outdoor activities with my child?
Inspire Learning for Your Child
We know that outdoor activities can enrich a child’s learning experience. But, of course, that requires to think of ideas.
We have put together a few ideas for you and your child to do together. These are tried and true outdoor activities.
One of our favorite activities is to go on a picnic. It’s simple, easy, but it makes an impact. How is this a learning experience? Well, that’s up to you. You can bring a few books, make lunch together, or go on a walk after you eat. Simply changing the environment is enough!
Another great activity is to go on a hunt for wildlife. This can be anything from plants to bugs, to birds, you name it. If there is one thing we know, it is that kids love animals.
Not only can you ignite their curiosity, but they can also learn something new on the hunt. This is a great opportunity to talk about different animals and how they live.
The outdoors is full of opportunities; how about bringing those opportunities right outside your door? Consider small-scale gardening, or planting a few potted plants. With your child, you can learn how plants grow and learn lessons along the way.
These are just a few of the many things you can do outside. If you’re curious about more activities that you can do at home, reach out to our team for suggestions.
Learning Never Stops, Neither Do The Chances
Now that you know a little more about outdoor learning, it’s in your hands!
Whether getting outside for a little walk or starting a garden, the possibilities are endless. Only your imagination is the limit.
How do you plan on getting outside and changing up the environment for your children?
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Willowdale Children's Academy is a child care agency located in Chester County, PA, specialized in early learning with schools in Chadds Ford, Kennett Square, Avondale, and West Chester, PA. We offer programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, after school care, and summer camps.