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The Importance of Spending Time Outside:

By Teacher Sarah

Children need consistent contact with nature and ample time to explore and discover. Nature inspires physical challenges: climbing over a rock, walking up a hill, rolling down a hill, swinging from a branch, running freely, or scooping and digging in the sand and dirt.  Nature also provides us with a sense of calm and visual images of beauty. Children become observant and use their senses, such as listening to the wind blowing the leaves, or looking at spider webs, or hearing bird song. Even though open spaces in nature invite children for wonderful spurts of running, jumping, and climbing, they also invite children to slow down.

Our extensive outdoor spaces at OISCA, which include a rice paddy field and vegetable garden, invite open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature. They foster an appreciation of the natural environment, develop environmental awareness and provide a platform for ongoing environmental education. 

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