I am inspired by this report (in PDF form) about a nature-based Montessori preschool in Seattle that takes its children on a daily walk every day, rain or shine, for much of the day.
Here in Minnesota, we get some pretty brutal weather. That said, when I venture out with my crew we always return in such good spirits! We see beautiful sights, get some exercise, talk, laugh, play and just enjoy the outdoors. This time of year, we warm up with hot vanilla milk or hot chocolate when we get home — and sometimes hot baths as well.
It can be a pain to gather coats, boots, socks, mittens, hats and so on. On too many days, it sounds overwhelming and we play inside instead. But now I’m once again determined to try to take daily walks with my kiddos.
But not all day. We’re not crazy.