How Outdoor Play Can Affect and Improve a Child’s Growth and Development

playingIn today’s modern connected world, dominated by family schedules, arranged Skype business meetings, emails and educational expectations, it can be difficult to find the time to simply spend a day outside with your children.

Giving children the chance to interact with the environment around them, instead of spending time focused on their studies allows them time to sit and think for themselves.

It should come as no surprise to many parents that ‘fresh air’ does a whole lot of good to any child, particularly one that might seem overworked or overburdened by school and homework schedules. It is also incredibly important for children to explore their local natural environment, to get a first-hand idea of the wonder of nature and its importance to our own ecosystem.

Forest Schools

Recently, forest schools have been cropping up around the country, a type of school which takes learning outside and into the wilderness. Children are given lessons based on identifying different plant and bird species, hold group exercises about building their own shelter, and are taught about the importance of keeping a natural environmental balance. All these lessons are important to the continued growth and welfare of our children, but in our quest for academic progress, lessons on our natural surroundings seem to have fallen by the wayside.

Try seeing how an ‘outside’ lesson could differ from one in the classroom. You never know where it might take you and your pupils!

Focus on Ocean Literacy in Coastal Schools

It is a well-known fact that you should use the resources given to you. As such, teachers and teaching assistants in history-rich locations (London, Dover etc) will often use the history of their town or city to back up or reinforce relevant lessons. This is something that needs to be better utilised when looking at the marine environment and in coastal schools such as in Plymouth and the surrounding areas.

Where education and preservation are concerned, it is important for coastal schools to place a greater importance on ocean literacy. The rich ocean environment has often resulted in an increase in tourism over the years, as well as getting more young people engaged in sports such as diving, kayaking, surfing and angling.

Focusing on the Environment

Tdownloadeachers need to be able to use these essential resources in order to focus on the marine environment surrounding their schools and to help the conservation of that environment.

Children are naturally curious, but if they are not given the means with which to learn they may never take steps in learning about something that would otherwise be of great interest to them.

The maritime and marine industries offer a wide range of different careers for children to get involved in, so making the most use out of these industries will not only help children to find a career path, but may also help to inspire them to try other, less well-known careers. It will also help to highlight the importance of marine conservation to the next generation, so that they take active steps to help create a mutually beneficial marine environment for all to enjoy.