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Day 29 - Outdoor Learning

Day 29 - Outdoor Learning

How often does your child play outdoors? Do they go out even when it's raining? Do you believe that there's no bad weather, only bad clothing?

I once worked at a famous 'open air' nursery, where the children were free to come and go as they pleased, inside and out, in all weathers. Teachers were obliged to offer the same quality of experiences in the garden as they did in the building. We didn't just open the doors mid-morning to let the children run off a little steam. Play was meaningful and interesting. Unfortunately, this kind of semi-structured play is difficult to replicate at home. It takes time and planning.

But there is another kind. The out-in-nature, free-exploring, no-plan, let's-see-what-happens kind. Whether you have a garden, have to rely on the local park or even make a trip to the woods, nothing can beat this type of play. Outside, you see a different side to your child: more creative, braver, more focused and inquisitive.

And the benefits last long after you have returned home. Everyone is calmer, and happily tired.

Next time you're all cooped up in the house, behaviour worsening with each passing minute, dig out those puddle suits and go outside.

You won't regret it.

 

Here's the rest of the series:

Introduction

Day 1 - Theories of Development

Day 2 - Stages of Play

Day 3 - Play is Multisensory

Day 4 - Gender-Neutral Toys

Day 5 - The Zone of Proximal Development

Day 6 - Heuristic Play

Day 7 - Spot the Difference

Day 8 - Sorting

Day 9 - Schemas

Day 10 - Ask good questions

Day 11 - Conservation

Day 12 - Seriation

Day 13 - Observation

Day 14 - Set a good example

Day 15 - Fewer toys = more focus

Day 16 - The Hundred Languages of Children

Day 17 - Plan-do-review

Day 18 - Practical life

Day 19 - Free-flow play

Day 20 - Executive functions

Day 21 - Spaced repetition

Day 22 - Independent play

Day 23 - Project-based Learning

Day 24 - The Environment As The Third Teacher

Day 25 - Start With The Child

Day 26 - Symbolic Play

Day 27 - Learning To Write

Day 28 - Blocks: the indispensable toy

Day 29 - Outdoor Learning

Day 30 - Play

 

September 01, 2018 By Alexis Ralphs

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