It is estimated that children spend an average of four to seven minutes a day outdoors in unstructured play and up to 8 hours in front of a screen. This is in correlation with the increase in mental health issues and the increase in child obesity.
Exposure to natures is scientifically proven to alleviate stress. Also, according to research from Michigan University, a stroll through nature can increase your short term memory by 20%.
To increase children’s outdoor exposure you could implement outdoor classrooms. Timber gazebos make great outdoor areas for children to work, so you could take small classes outdoors as a treat and cut out the need for screens.
Take Lessons Outside
If you can, take the class outdoors. If you are teaching a science class or a class that could be taught in a creative way outside then bring the students outside.
If children are misbehaving, it may be due to lack of focus and the need of some exercise. If you notice multiple students aren’t focusing, it might be best to take them out for a stroll and try to teach the topic in a more friendly setting.
After School Clubs
Many after school clubs for children are either sport clubs or indoor creative clubs. To help children relax and get more outdoor time that they otherwise may not, you could initiate some wildlife clubs or woodland clubs that incorporate time in nature with studying.