04.15.2019

Outdoor Study Breaks for Online Students

“I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” –Frank Lloyd Wright

Kids spend considerably less time outside than previous generations did.  This comes as no surprise when there are so many indoor gadgets vying for their attention.  However, time in nature can lead to a more productive and pleasant day.

All students — but perhaps especially those enrolled in online classes should build time into their schedule for a daily dose of nature.  Computers are great, but there is no substitute for going outside.The benefits are numerous.

Time outside:

  • stimulates the senses
  • boosts creativity
  • Increases focus
  • Improves short-term memory
  • improves general health
  • increases gratitude for nature
  • reduces stress
  • decreases anxiety

“We are physically wired to respond to being outdoors,” says Deborah Gilboa, M.D., a Pittsburgh area physician and parenting expert. To get the benefits of going outdoors, kids don’t have to scale a mountain. Walking the dog or taking a quick spin on their bike can do the trick. Ideally, students will get some exercise when outside, but even if they are sitting still — they will reap the benefits of connecting with nature.

 

RECENT POSTS

Considering a Public Online School or Homeschooling?

  Many parents toy with the idea of enrolling their kids in a K-12 online school or homeschooling them, but they are afraid to take the leap.  Some common concerns often come up in conversations with parents, and we would like to give those of you who are considering one of these options, a little … Continue reading “Considering a Public Online School or Homeschooling?”

Internet Safety

As a virtual school, we view technology as a tool to open doors, expand minds, and promote access to information and opportunity. However, we also know that with that great power comes great responsibility. Keeping our learners safe online is of utmost importance to us. We want you to know that we use safe and … Continue reading “Internet Safety”

Tip of the Week: Go Outside!

We love technology! In fact, we love it so much, we believe that children and teenagers can actively learn, think, engage, and create with online school. However, we also know that the benefits of frequent activity and time outside are necessary for healthy human growth, development, and behavior. We all need time outside, even when … Continue reading “Tip of the Week: Go Outside!”