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Monday, March 3, 2014

Great Article about the Importance of Outside Time!

Playing Outside makes kids smarter

Concerned that children are falling behind in every discipline, US educators insist that kids need more class time at the expense of PT and recess, but it’s not helping.

In Finland, they understand that cramming information into young minds isn’t the ticket, that kids need breaks from classroom learning, and that it’s the creative, free, outdoor play that’s linked to cognitive development and beneficial for mental health, vision, cognition, motor development, and vitamin D levels.

California researcher Joanne Finn says that’s why Finland rated #1 of 34 countries in the international PISA survey of science and #2 in math and reading. The US? 21st in science, 26th in math, and 17th in reading.

Finland’s prescription? 15 minutes of outdoor play for every 45 minutes of instruction. 15 minutes out of every hour, every day, or almost 8 hours a week! It’s the self-direction that makes the difference. Inside, kids have few play choices which lead to the same play decisions day-after-day.

Outside, however, their choices are unlimited, their enthusiasm and excitement unbounded, their decisions as unpredictable as the places, materials, and conditions they find, which constantly forces them to problem-solve and figure out what interests them. 

This hones their executive functioning skills, the mental processes that help connect past experience with present action and that are used for performing activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.

Curtailing this development in children permanently affects their adult decision-making skills.

Other benefits of outdoor play? Boosts in self-confidence, better ability to concentrate, schools with lots of recess excelling in math and science, and huge reductions in suspensions in schools with outdoor environmental education programs.

So get your kids outside now! It's the best thing you can do for them

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