“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
Learning does not – and should not – take place solely in the classroom. Mother Nature can be a great teacher and getting kids outside to learn and play is not only good for their bodies, it’s good for their brain.
During a recent skiing lesson, our Head-of-School took advantage of a pause at the top of the hill to teach some of her Lower Elementary students about the light fog that they were seeing and feeling around them. Not only did the children arrive home with a healthy glow to their cheeks that evening, they were able to tell their parents all about how clouds are formed!