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Beyond Recess: How to Explore the Forest as a Kindergarten Class

American kids are spending less time outside. Even in kindergarten, recess is being cut back. But in one small town in Vermont, a teacher is doing something different: one day a week, she takes her students outside – for the entire school day.

It’s called Forest Monday. Kindergarten teacher Eliza Minnucci got the idea after watching a documentary about a forest school in Switzerland where kids spend all day, every day, out in the woods.

“I would do that in a heartbeat,” she thought to herself. Then reality hit. “We’re in a public school in America,” she says. “That’s not going to happen.”