I am very fortunate to teach at a school that values and encourages outdoor play.
We go outside everyday! Rain or shine! Cold or hot!
Why? Because it is very important for the development of the whole child.
The amount of physical and social growth that occurs outside cannot be duplicated anywhere else.
The children learn how to navigate through social situations, problem solve,
negotiate, take turns, make decisions about what to play and how high to climb.
The children also learn how to self regulate their play.
Large muscles develop by running, biking, climbing, swinging,
balancing, throwing, catching, jumping, hopping, skipping and twirling.
If we are really lucky, we get to go sledding!
This year we were very lucky!
We went sledding twice!!!
This is one of my favorite quotes about nature.
Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.