Not all classroom have four walls

On Wednesday, we had our educational field trip for K1 and K2 kids at Sadguru nursery. It was quite a fun and educational tour for play-scholars where they could see, taste, feel and experience the surroundings by themselves. They explored a huge variety of plants including herbs, shrubs, trees, climbers and creepers. Among which few were terrestrial and aquatic plants. Many had the same parts and the same functions, yet they appear unique with different types of roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds etc. Therefore, the classification of plants is mainly based on several factors and it can be further classified based on their height, tenderness of stem, branches and their life cycle.

Field trips have long provided children with additional learning opportunities and experiences outside of the standard educational environment. The environment in which a child spends their time plays a major role in brain development. Their experiences create synaptic connections which build cognitive, social and emotional structures that will serve as the foundation for their progress in life. Since most of these experiences are derived from their surroundings, it is crucial to provide quality interactions that nurture and refine this process.

Creating memories fosters expansion of this very skill. Children are likely to recount their visit to the zoo, for example, to friends and families after the event. Others will ask questions like “what did you see there?” or “what did you enjoy most about your trip to the nursery?”, and they will often respond with elaborate narrative as to what they found most interesting. They remember details that many adults would fail to retain – testament to the clarity of the young mind, and in stark contrast to our overflowing palette of adulthood. Critical thinking is a natural extension of virtually any new experience a child has. Field trips provide experiences outside the proverbial ‘boxes’ of numeracy and literacy. Such trips helps children to consume information from their surroundings.

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