Kids need time outdoors. Studies show that kids who have unstructured playtime outside and in nature are happier, more cooperative, expressive, calmer and more intelligent. As a teacher, I have taken numerous groups of kids to outdoor education. The change in some kids is amazing; some of the loudest, most boisterous kids become calmer and focused. They focus their energy on a task in ways they can’t seem to indoors. I have seen quiet, introspective children blossom as they put prior knowledge to use, often surprising their classmates with knowledge of the environment.
When I was growing up, Continue reading “New Rules”