A major strength of our Peter Pan program has always been our strong emphasis on science and nature. Our curriculum provides hands-on experiences, both indoors and outside. Our staff and children are always excited about what is happening in our wonderful world, as each season brings delightful changes - calling for us to investigate and explore.
Research studies show that connecting children with nature offers many benefits. It proves that nature is important to children’s development in every major way - intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically.
Connecting with nature . . .
· Supports creativity and problem solving
· Enhances cognitive abilities
· Improves academic performance
· Increases physical activity
· Improves eyesight
· Improves social relations
· Improves self-discipline
· Reduces stress
In the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, author Richard Louv analyzes and explains the vital role nature plays in children’s lives. He makes it clear that the outdoors is as essential to a child’s health and well being as good nutrition and plenty of sleep. We are very proud of the strong science and nature aspect of our curriculum and the impact that it has on children’s lives.
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