After so long being cooped up in self-isolation, many families are really looking forward to getting out and about again this summer. Heading outside, particularly while the weather is nice, can also provide a fantastic opportunity to learn. Here are some subject areas that can utilise the great outdoors:
Learning about the world around us, isn’t always something that’s taught explicitly but it’s a great skill to develop. From learning about the theory of evolution through to food chains, the names of plants and how to protect our environment – there are countless important things to teach our children. Take the time this summer to start sharing these ideas on country rambles. Learning doesn’t only have to happen in a classroom. In fact, it often happens best in a more natural environment.
Being outdoors is also a great opportunity to start developing scientific skills and to show children what things look like in reality – rather than in a textbook. It might be testing the theory of gravity to prove certain physical laws, or looking at natural processes like erosion. It can be far easier to understand and remember something that you’ve actually seen and experienced.
Many writers use the natural world for inspiration and many will also do their writing while they’re outside. For little ones starting to write creatively, they could begin with how their five senses are influenced by being outside – see if they can come up with a descriptive sentence for each sense. For older students, they could try to write a descriptive passage about what they can see – or even start to create a story inspired by the landscape around them.
This summer is a brilliant opportunity to get active again. Our physical and mental health are interconnected, so it’s important we get outdoors and spend time in the sun. September will be a challenging transition for some students but having a happy, healthy mind-set on their return will really help.
Arts & Crafts
Last but not least: try bringing nature indoors. This could involve drying flowers or collecting seeds you can incorporate into a decoration. It’s a free and beautiful way of getting creative, using nature as your inspiration.