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Silver Oak International School on it's journey to become an Eco - School

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.”

The first line of the proverb clearly explains that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring. However, the second line means that only play, without engaging the mind meaningfully does not help in learning. Education is all about the overall development of an individual. Therefore, there needs to be a balance between active engagements both indoors and outdoors to develop the mind, body, and soul.

Here are some major reasons why we occasionally practice Gurukul - like practices for our students at S.O.I.S. Umred

Increased Motivation:

Kids of any age naturally have the need to move around. Sufficient amount of physical activities outdoors freshens the mind and body. Thereafter, children are happy, motivated and relaxed to do activities indoors. They can focus better on the task at hand as play stimulates the neural connections in the brain and helps in regulating emotions, making plans and solving problems.

Enhanced Communication And Socio-Emotional Skills:

Outdoor education calls for collaboration and team building tasks. Children learn to communicate with each other, problem solve and build healthy relationships. It gives them the space to explore, discover and think freely, thus reduce barriers to communication.

Improved Memory And Imagination:

Spending time in a fixed environment or lighting throughout the day create a fixed pattern, however, moving outdoors for some time opens up a world of fresh stimuli, resulting in making better connections to learning and improve the power of recall and retention.

Better Overall Behaviour And Reduced Stress Levels:

Children and young adults are constantly growing, changing and evolving, having to deal with many things at a time. Outdoor education allows them to build essential life skills and better coping mechanisms., for example, while playing a sport/game, failure/ inability to do a task well teaches one to understand the cause for the same and helps one stand up on the feet to try again. Seeking support and cooperation from the peers and facilitators creates a positive outlook and reduces anxiety/stress.

At Silver Oak International School Umred, our curriculum focuses on the MIND, BODY, SOUL philosophy, wherein the holistic development of every child is given utmost importance. To facilitate this, outdoor education is an essential part of every day at school.

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