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May 04, 2018 Friday 12:11:26 PM IST

Bring Nature in to the Classroom!

Education Information

"Each spring my dear friend, Lori Keitt, and I have been bringing the outside world into our classrooms in an effort to hook our students those last few weeks. Nature, in the form of ladybugs, caterpillars, praying mantis egg cases, tadpoles and more overflows our the rooms. It’s sometimes messy, and it does take a bit of time and effort, but the payoff is worth it!" says Meghan Zigmond, who is a first grade teacher in USA, in her blog.

Most of the teachers abroad agree with her in the idea that bringing nature in to class room is a good idea. As per their experience, it has the following benefits:

1. Creativity:

It increases students' creativity for all obvious reasons. The way children observe nature will increase their aesthetic sense too.

2. Engagement:

Curiosity becomes the dominant emotion. Researchers have already proved that the child learns faster when the level of curiosity is on the higher side. Bringing parts of nature in to the classroom obviously increases the child's curiosity and so it hels the learning process.

3. Writing with Nature:

Asking the student to write about nature will b e a very productive session at this point. Whatever they observe, they use it along with their imagination to create something very creative.

4. Reading with Nature:

After letting the students observe nature for a while, encourage them to read books related to the same. Reading books about nature and animals will increase the students' empathy for other living creatures.