Getting Out Of The Classroom

Getting Out Of The Classroom - Why It's Important

Technology in the classroom is becoming more prominent each year. The instantaneous access to information is undoubtedly beneficial for students, although the sedentary lifestyle that screens promote is not.

Attention Restoration Theory (ART) is one explanation for how exposure to nature helps children psychologically. It is thought that modern life requires extended periods of concentration, which leads to mental fatigue. This can make a person irritable and easily distracted. Exposure to nature, however, can help to repair this mental fatigue and restore a person’s wellbeing. (Laird 2017)

PlantingSeeds provides an opportunity for children to have positive experiences and gain a better understanding of the outdoors through the B&B Highway Program. As an intern at PlantingSeeds I’ve assisted with the B&B Highway program several times now, and I’ve seen the positive affects it has on students.

One of the primary benefits of teaching young children how to plant gardens is the cultivation of environmental awareness. Through gardening, children learn about the natural processes of growth, the importance of soil, and the role of pollinators. They gain an understanding of the delicate balance required for plants to thrive and the significance of conserving resources.

By witnessing firsthand the impact of their actions on the environment, children become more conscious of their role as stewards of the Earth, fostering a sense of responsibility towards the planet. Exposure to nature, along with physical activity, help children develop physically, emotionally, cognitively, and imaginatively. Programs promoting outside activity are growing in importance to promote a healthy lifestyle for children.

When children spend time outside, they utilise all senses such as touch, smell, sight, hear and even taste.

To find out more about the B&B Highway program and how it can help get students outdoors, click here.