Taking the classroom outside has a variety of benefits for young children. Not only does it allow them to enjoy the warm and fresh Florida air, but it can provide a change of pace for young minds and additional opportunities to explore and learn.
Benefits of Outdoor Classrooms
By taking the classroom outside, learning becomes more engaging than when you are sitting in a classroom for long periods of time. Teach math by having them estimate how long it would take to run, skip, or hop across the area or have them paint as messy as they want.
Going outdoors can also help nurture their creativity and imagination. Having them build out of organic materials can help further their questioning and understanding of the environment and world around them. It also opens up an entirely new realm of play and experimentation.
One of the most significant benefits of taking class outside is the health benefit. The outdoors provides more opportunities for exercise, such as running and walking, and even teachers can take advantage of additional outdoor time.
At Bartram Academy, we are always looking for new and innovating ways to keep children active and engaged in their learning. As one of the best preschools in St. Johns County, our staff works tirelessly to create an inclusive and inspiring environment for children.