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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A learning and fun nature walk

Today 2nd part of our learning and fun outdoor activity (nature walk) happened. All boys of all play group and nursery students participated in 'nature walk'. It was a very organized walk as young kids enjoyed walking and learning along with their teachers and class mates.

Some parents residing nearby areas were also there to see our 'nature walk' and even the passing elder citizens appreciated the discipline of students.
The people around that lake were excited to see long ques of children with happy faces. Many of them stopped and asked the name of the school and questioned about the purpose of this visit.
Getting ready in the classroom for exciting nature walk

Listening to safety instructions before the walk

A small bridge on Dhanmondi lake 
Peeling peanuts and counting
Teacher suggesting the young ones to relate peeling to addition and doubles

It was interesting to see an art students coloring a flower picture
The nature band was made with the dry leaves picked from the ground

A good time with friends
Teacher is teaching the name of plant
It is one of the pictures drawn by students of nursery class, imagining the scene (after coming back from nature walk)
I was amused listening a student, saying:  'I didn't know before that the nature is so beautiful!'
Despite of the dusty roads,  and footpaths it was an amazing morning time. The fog was thinning and sun rays were gradually emerging from clouds, it looked really awesome.

While searching more on this topic I came across a very useful post which I am quoting here:

'The benefits of outdoor play are really very basic,' says Harry Harbottle, a consultant in play and risk management, who was formerly appointed by the EU as a child safety expert to the European Standards Organisation. 'If children aren't allowed to engage with the elements – mud, water, air, even fire – how can they begin to understand the world that they live in?'

Harry argues that there is a need to move away from a culture of reluctance to let children explore outdoors. 'We are at last realising the consequences of children spending most of their time indoors,' says Harry. 'There are too many children who have been adversely affected by a lack of exercise and stimulation.'

In addition to the health and developmental benefits, outdoor education also helps to increase awareness of the environment. 'If we want people to become more environmentally conscious, what better way to do this than to encourage children to engage with nature?' asks Harry.

Reference: Take it Outside!

No doubt that "nature walk is a great way to enhance children’s appreciation of the natural environment."
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