Stu­dents en­joy open air ed­u­ca­tion

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

STU­DENTS at Mary’s Mount Pri­mary School in Goose­berry Hill swapped the in­doors for the great out­doors when they took part in Out­door Class­room Day on Wed­nes­day.

Kin­der­garten teacher Tamara El­len­broek said the global ini­tia­tive was a won­der­ful way to get more chil­dren out­side for the day, al­low­ing them to get in touch with na­ture. “We know that out­door play has many health ben­e­fits for chil­dren, but it also en­cour­ages the chil­dren to build vi­tal life skills such as tak­ing risks, solv­ing prob­lems and work­ing through chal­lenges as a team,” she said.

“We have found that daily play in our na­ture play­ground has as­sisted the chil­dren in build­ing friend­ships, be­com­ing more re­silient and it has given them the op­por­tu­nity to start work­ing though prob­lems with­out the as­sis­tance of adults.”

Ms El­len­broek said na­ture helped chil­dren en­gage with learn­ing. “There is an abun­dance of learn­ing that takes place when you al­low chil­dren to play, learn and ex­plore in their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

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Teacher Tamara El­len­broek and pre-school­ers.

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