March 22, 2013 by PO.P Press
By Ruth Haske
A friend once told me that the secret to happiness was to ensure that you spend at least 30 minutes standing on grass each day. Sounds simple doesn’t it?
Yet, when I sit down and think about it I realize how easy it is to go through days without spending any time outside.
Well, that is not so in the Waldorf Schools. These unique schools recognize the importance of nature in our development and well-being. For this reason, every child at the Waldorf school will spend time outside every day, no matter what the weather. In this way the children develop an intimate knowledge (and often a love) of the natural world and changing seasons.
A child may feel at a loss with what to do when in a room full of toys. Yet I have observed, time and time again, the same child absorbed in digging, finding bugs, climbing trees and listening to birds when given the time and space to do so.
Yes, when it is raining the children will end up becoming muddy. Or, when the cold icy wind blows they may feel uncomfortable. However, with the right clothing it really is true that any weather can be fun.
As an adult I am relearning my relationship with the weather. Just like the children, I put on my rain coat and rain boots, looking forward to trudging through puddles, and seeing what bugs like to come out for the water. Does this bring me happiness? A resounding YES from me and my children!