Congratulations to FSMN alum parent Cathy Jordan for her work co-authoring an academic study of the impacts on children of experiences with nature.

We know that it is critical for children to spend time outside playing, observing, exploring and learning.

Being outside is a vital part of our school experience at Friends School of Minnesota.

It is one of the ways we live our Quaker beliefs. We know that children learn more and have richer experiences when they get time outside.

Many of the findings confirmed what we know and reinforce why we prioritize outside time.

Some highlights from an article in Psychology Today:

Nature Has Rejuvenating Effects on Attention: Students who were randomly assigned to classrooms with views of greenery perform better on concentration tests than those assigned to purely “built” views or windowless classrooms.

Contact With Nature (and Animals) Boosts Self-Discipline: The types of self-discipline assessed include delay of gratification  and parent ratings of hyperactivity, and the types of “nature” include not just “greenness” but contact with horses in animal-assisted learning.

Natural Settings Seem to Foster Warmer, More Cooperative Relations: Learning in nature facilitates cooperation and comfort between students and teachers, perhaps by providing a more level playing-field wherein the teacher is seen as a partner in learning.

Read the recap of the study in the full article from Psychology Today.

Read the full study here… Do Experiences With Nature Promote Learning? Converging Evidence of a Cause-and-Effect Relationship.