Going Walking

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.  😉



Filed under activities, goals and notes to self

4 responses to “Going Walking

  1. Pam J W M

    I want to read this article, but the link doesn’t work for me. Is there a title I can Google?

  2. Magical Childhood

    Try it now. I think I’ve fixed it. The address is http://www.creativestarlearning.co.uk/Flexviews/core/assets/pdf/nature%20pre%20school%20seattle.pdf and the title is A Nature Pre-School Walk. Sorry about that!

  3. I need to make this part of our daily routine also. Sometimes it can be so difficult to motivate myself to go out in the rain. I should probably man-up though, since you go out in the snow! I think we can handle a little rain. 😀
    Thanks for sharing the report, it’s nice to get a reminder how important it is for kids to get out and explore, no matter the weather.

  4. How interesting! I was just looking into a green charter school for Emily next year that does similar activities. I’m very intrigued by it also. Kids love to be outside, don’t they? I think Emily learns more effectively when she is outdoors too.

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