Back in high school, when warm, spring weather would finally come after a long, cold winter, my classmates and I would ask, “Can we have class outside?” What a marvelous idea! Who would want to stay inside, when learning can occur in the sun, alongside chirping birds and fresh air? Nine times out of ten, we were quickly rebuffed, and probably rightly so—as high school students, we probably couldn’t have been trusted to pay attention. Sometimes we would get lucky and have a substitute who would be easy to convince that high school French is meant to be learned under a tree. Interestingly enough, an outside learning experience in preschool is a completely different concept than in high school. The opportunities that the outdoors provide for children to explore their gross-motor abilities, investigative skills, and social-emotional behaviors make outside the perfect place to have class.
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