Back to school time is always bittersweet at our house. The kids are usually ready for the routine and structure of school (whether they realize it or not) but we are not quite ready to let go of the schedule-free and spontaneous way of life. With the start of school, come the long days of sitting at a desk and long stretches of focused attention. Although it may be a little more challenging now, it is extra important for kids to get outside. Whether your have teens or elementary students, they benefit so much from fresh air, freedom, opportunities to move, and the chance to relax and de-stress. Kids of all ages often come home from school tired and weary.
When my son was in 5th grade he would come home physically and mentally exhausted. It was all he could do to hold it together all day to sit and focus during the school day. He didn’t even like anyone to talk to him on the ride home from school. This is not uncommon for kids with sensory and attention issues. When he got home, he needed time and space to recover. As he entered middle school, we started homeschooling and it gave him a chance to move around and go outside as he needed breaks. Some days we took hikes in the early afternoon and I saw such a change in his personality. I know homeschooling is not for everyone. I honestly never thought I would be doing it myself, but it does give more options for altering the learning environment and getting outside. Contact me if you have any questions about it.
So, you don't want to homeschool but you still want to provide your child/ren with the benefits of the outdoors…...Here are some ways to help make sure your children still get the benefits of nature during the school year?
Hi! I'm Ann - mother of seven, grandmother of two and occupational therapist. My mission is to provide the support families need to raise thriving children and to help you build a family environment that supports healthy development and a pathway to success.
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