Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods
Kids in the U.S. are spending less time outside. Even in kindergarten, recess is being cut back. But in the small town of Quechee, Vt., a teacher is bucking that trend: One day a week, she takes her students outside — for the entire school day.
It’s called Forest Monday.
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.
Minnucci worries that U.S. schools have become too focused on academics and test scores and not enough on “noncognitive” skills such as persistence and self-control. There is growing attention on the importance of these skills, but Minnucci doesn’t think traditional school is set up to teach them very well.