Are some students in need of a breath of fresh air?
Outdoor learning may be a safe alternative to remote learning.
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY)- Schools across the country are considering an outdoor learning initiative as a bridge between in-person learning and safety during this pandemic.
Dr. Rebecca Mannis is a learning specialist with 30 years of experience as a remote instructor.
She understands that not every child learns the same.
What may be an advantage for one child, maybe a challenge for another.
So Dr. Mannis believes outdoor learning is a great alternative to virtual classes.
She said, "We’re thinking about the culture of the child’s family and school. And we’re also thinking about temperaments. A child who’s distractible, who might have asthma or allergies, or for a child who needs very familiar surroundings, we can think through some of that nitty-gritty to make it work. For a child who’s more of an experimental learner, or does well stretching or moving around, it might be a breath of fresh air.”
Of course in Yuma, weather plays a major factor.
However, most local school districts don’t anticipate returning to in-person learning until Yuma has met the state’s required COVID-19 benchmarks.