With the advent of time the benefits of outdoor schools are felt more intensely than ever. In fact, the need to come closer to Nature itself is felt more intensely than ever. We come to hear about so many schools conducting environmental education programs – not only to provide due outlets to students primarily confined to their classrooms but also to help them forge stronger communities. The need to introduce children to outdoor classrooms hasn’t really diminished even with the advent of digitization. We will tell you why.
In the course of the post we will actually go on to give you not one but several reasons why outdoor learning programs should be considered by each and every school out there. In other words, parents themselves should be careful enough to consider the outdoor learning capabilities before determining which school their children should be enrolled into. Let’s explore the benefits further.
Outdoor learning programs are all about building communities
When we had first mentioned that the outdoor programs conducted by schools (like excursions, geographical projects etc) were all about building communities we only meant that they entail some serious traveling in groups. Talk about traversing long distances in buses together, forming teams amongst them to perform duties that are generally not performed by them. Talking about duties we are actually implying outdoor educational programs that require students to perform regular (and very important) chores such as cooking the food (under strict supervision of elder volunteers) washing dishes and of course complete service projects together. Quite often than not you might as well end up hearing that kids have made new friends as a part of those programs. Do read on further in order to be duly informed.
These programs facilitate culture development efforts
Come to think about it! Outdoor classes or education programs bind students by a common purpose and of course by common values and language. For instance, students – when they are divided into different groups for a project- are known to bond in the best possible manner. There are times when students might as well be exposed to campfire experiences in between all the tasks associated with projects.
Outdoor classes help students come closer to Nature
This should be reason enough for parents to encourage students to get involved in environmental projects conducted by their schools – even if these programs aren’t mandatory. Students should in no way be confined to classrooms throughout their tenure in school. Strict classroom decorum or for that matter classroom lessons themselves might as well become monotonous in the course of time. By stepping out of their classrooms they will not only come closer to Nature and appreciate its significance in our lives but also acknowledge the more uncommon avenues of learning.
So, do make sure that you’re actually taking the trouble to find out about the outdoor learning cabapilities of a school before enrolling your child in a school. Hopefully this particular primer has helped you discover benefits. Do consider these points before applying for schools and you’re sorted!