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New research on value of outdoor play for classroom learning

From the National Wildlife Federation:


Dear Colleagues,



As American childhood has steadily moved indoors in the past 12 to 15 years, outdoor play is increasingly rare. The weekly indoor-outdoor time ratio is now about 10 to one on the indoor side. We wondered what effect this modern "indoor childhood" is having on the quality of K-12 education and the average student's readiness to learn in the classroom.



In this back-to-schools time period -- Research shows children are less fit, have shorter attention spans and are less ready to be high-performance learners without a greater emphasis on regular outdoor time such as a daily Green Hour.



Our new NWF report: Time Out: Using The Outdoors to Enhance Classroom Performance is available at: http://www.nwf.org/nwfwebadmin/binaryVault/Time%20Out%20with%20BOT%20Activities1.pdf



Best,



Kevin C.

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Comment by Jennifer Ward on September 15, 2009 at 6:41am
Excellent article. Thank you for sharing it.
Comment by amy pertschuk on September 14, 2009 at 3:00pm
Kevin -- Thank you so much for posting this link on "C&NN Connect" and thank you for all that NWF is doing to support the growing movement.

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