Let’s face it, the solution to “I’m bored” 20 years ago was heading outdoors during summer break. Nowadays, it tends to be a different story featuring screen time. The first thing we grab when we get bored is our electronic devices.
Avoid Summer Break Screen Time by Heading Outdoors
At this point in the summer, we’ve probably all witnessed it: our kids are spending more time on electronic devices and less time in the Omaha outdoors. But, why should that be the case? There are plenty of benefits to spending time outdoors instead of more summer screen time.
Outdoor Time Promotes Creativity
Creativity thrives when we go outdoors. We enable our five senses, allowing us to envision scenarios and create memorable experiences. We’ve seen it firsthand at camp. Campers use materials they find in nature, and create something using their imagination. For example, just this week, a camper found a longer stick, some string, and a shorter stick and created his own bow and arrow.
Outdoor Time Stimulates Movement
Interacting with nature usually requires movement. Whether we are walking, running, jumping, or climbing, our bodies are moving which helps to get our heart beating and our blood pumping. According to Kids Health, children and teens should get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.
Outdoor Time Gives Us Sun
Just like plants, we need the sun to grow. Sun exposure gives us Vitamin D which, in turn, helps our bodies develop and fights off germs for a stronger immune system. Certainly it puts us in a better mood too! Don’t forget the sunscreen though-too much sun exposure can cause sunburns.
So, what are you waiting for? Use the old phrase, “get outside and play”. Better yet, go outside with them! Create mud soup, run around the bases at the baseball field, or have a picnic. The options are endless when it comes to outdoor play!
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Thank you for your interest in Legacy School. We encourage you to schedule a tour and see what makes our school unique! Classes, differentiated instruction and high academic standards all in a private school setting. Our 11 acres of land provide an outdoor education you will not see anywhere else. We invite you to come tour our school today!
Legacy School sits on 11 acres of land, allowing for expressive, outdoor educational experiences for all students. Our outdoor learning and playing space allows for real world experiences that cannot be found anywhere else. We utilize our unique location, with 11 acres of land for outdoor education and outdoor play, thus a chance to spend more time in an outdoor education setting. New to Legacy School this year is a barnyard that holds both chickens and goats and a farm to table garden.
We are proud to unveil our new Legacy School Scholarship Program. Students who attend Legacy from 1st grade are eligible for a $500 scholarship towards higher learning. This scholarship can be used for college or trade school upon graduation from high school. We are very excited to give back to our students. We know each child has the potential to succeed at whatever goal they set for themselves. Can’t wait to help your student celebrate their high school accomplishments and continue to their higher education.