Learning outside supports creativity and problem solving in children, enhances cognitive abilities, and improves academic performance.
Studies have shown strong progress in social studies, science, language arts, and math through nature-based education programs. It also helps reduce anxious energy and promotes focus.
Being outside is also a stress reliever, which is highly beneficial for students who are put under a tremendous amount of pressure these days.
Forming relationships also comes more naturally to students in nature-based education, for they are experiencing social interactions away from a screen. With education steering more and more towards learning through technology, it is crucial to be reminded why learning outside of a screen is beneficial for your child.
Along with helping mentally, nature-based education has physical benefits as well. Students getting outside are more physically active, and tend to have better nutrition habits.
Getting kids outside can make learning more relevant and helps develop deeper interests by exposing them to more real-life opportunities.
That being said, Sidrah Gardens School is the first Australia’s Muslim Nature Based school located in Narre Warren North on a heavily vegetated 22 acres, lending itself to extensive opportunities for students to explore, discover and contemplate.
Sarah Night (Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning 2015.