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Why Hands-On Learning in Nature?

  • Engaging in nature has a powerful impact on a childhood progressing numerous developmental benefits such as psychological, emotional and physical (Adams S. & Savahl S. 2016) 

  • Children playing in a varied natural landscape test better for agility, balance and general motor fitness (Nedovic &  Morrissey 2013, Fjortoft 2001)

  • Studies are showing "direct exposure to nature is essential for physical and emotional health." Improves cognitive capabilities and hinders depression and stress. (Louv, 2008)

  • Outdoor play gives children opportunities to negotiate relationships and develop friendships. (Casey 2007, Nedovic & Morrissey 2013)

Great Things Take Time to Grow

Why Home-Based Education?

The following is taken from Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. and his research. You can find the entire article

https://www.nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling/

  • Customize or individualize the curriculum and learning environment for each child

  • Accomplish more academically than in schools

 

  • The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests

  • Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions

  • By adulthood, homeschool students internalize the values and beliefs of their parents at a high rate

  • Homeschooled students are usually above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.​​

  • Homeschooling can give young people an unusual chance to ask questions such as, “Who am I?” and “What do I really want?,” and through the process of such asking and gradually answering the questions home-educated girls develop the strengths and the resistance abilities that give them an unusually strong sense of self.

*Entire article and references available at: https://www.nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling/

  • ​​Some think that boys’ energetic natures and tendency to physical expression can more easily be accommodated in home-based education. Boys are 2.5 times as likely as girls in public schools to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”- Walt Disney

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