With the rise of digitization in the 21st century, researchers have found that many young children spend up to 8 hours a day engaged with screens, and only 30 minutes outside exploring in the natural world. This reliance on technology for learning and play time has caused numerous forms of health problems for children, such as social isolation, anxiety, lack of physical exercise and even depression. With many of our children growing up in a digital world, this knowledge can be quite alarming for parents – but there is hope!
With a strong commitment to the evolution of learning, the top early childhood educators have incorporated nature-based education into many preschool and elementary programs. The nature-based education movement has gained significant momentum in the past few years as parents continue to search for educational alternatives that set their children on a different path.
Research has shown that “children who frequently spend time outdoors have significantly less stress, develop enhanced sensory perception, experience fewer attention difficulties, decreased rates of physical and emotional illness and obesity, and are more likely to become lifelong outdoor participants!”