Importance of Nature Play
Covenant Nursery School places great value on the importance of nature play and education. Today’s children are living with epidemic childhood obesity, a prevalence of attention difficulties and greater stressors than ever before. In addition, children are now spending significantly less time outside than previous generations of children.
A new movement has begun in early childhood and the greater society to get children and people back in to Nature spurred on by research that has uncovered a wealth of benefits of nature play. Research has shown that regular time in nature:
Facilitates better social and physical development
Improves fitness, motor skills, and well-being
Supports creativity and imaginative play
Inspires collaboration and reduces violence and bullying
Creates feelings of empathy for nature – the first step toward developing the next generation of environmental stewards
Covenant places a high value on educating children both inside and outside the classroom on the importance of nature and our connection to it. This is all done through a coordinated combination of children's literature, music and movement activities and activities in the classroom as well as regular time outdoors in our brand new, cutting edge Turtle Playscape.