This week the Cedar kinders took to the woods to read poetry and write on their own as part of junior great books. Their writing was based on the nature around us and the howling winds. They of course made time to play in the elementary forts too! However, this intentional outdoor time is more than a break from the classroom. Outdoor time is beneficial in so many ways and this article from the Child Mind Institute explains why.
"Recent studies have exposed the benefit-even necessity-of spending time outdoors, both for kids and adults. Some argue that it can be any outdoor environment. Some claim it has to be a "green" environment-one with trees and leaves. Others still have shown that just a picture of greenery can benefit mental health. These nuances aside, most of the studies agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. While it's unclear how exactly the cognitive functioning and mood improvements occur, there are a few things we do know about why nature is good for kids' minds."