We see a lot of outdoor play in K, but exploring and embracing nature is valuable at all levels. Here are some resources and ideas for integrating outdoor play and experiential learning in your class… it is also good information for home time and the importance to get outside.
In our current state of self isolation and quarantine, unless you are symptomatic (in which case stay safely inside as to not infect others) you can and should still get outside, while maintaining the 2 meter social distancing. Fresh air and outdoors is good for mental health.
Great infographic describing the benefits of spending time in nature: https://hopefamilyresources.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/infographic-of-the-day-benefits-of-nature/
10 ways outdoor education benefits kids: https://www.independentschoolparent.com/school/outdoor-learning-benefits/
Surprising benefits of outdoor education: https://www.learningliftoff.com/the-surprising-benefits-of-outdoor-learning/
The Institute for Outdoor Learning has a number of resources:
More on outdoor learning:
Here's a quick read on the benefits of Place-Based learning: https://sierraclub.bc.ca/the-value-of-place-based-education/
Teaching outside the classroom:
And, when you can't get outside.... bring some of the benefits of outside - inside....
Some research around the benefits of plants in schools:
Love this idea to bring an “outdoorsy” feel inside the classroom.
Now don't forget cool out door games too:
Outdoor games - https://www.games4youthgroups.com/outdoor-games.html
https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 - has some free and extra offers right now during the COVID-19 situation