Cuan na Gaillimhe - A Steiner Education
Our school day always starts outdoors. Wrapped up in wetgear and wellies, our children experience the elements and the change of the seasons in the garden and on our trips to Barna Woods next to the school.
In a time, where school-runs and other daily errands are increasingly done by car, we find the exercise of walking especially valuable. By the unique ability of moving uprightly, the human child develops a variety of different brain regions. Training these through regular walks and other movement activities will have a positive effect on their academic performance in later life. The rhythmical movement, fresh air and connection to the elements, grounds the child and makes it receptive for the upcoming school activities.
Walking through rough terrain and defying the weather, can be a challenging experience. These challenges help the children grow resilience and willpower which allows them to endure challenges and “keep on going” through difficulties in later life.
Mastering extensive walks, climbing trees and rocks, playing in the most inspiring space, the child’s brain is developing all the connections and branches out. The complexity of nature helps to unlock individual abilities and skills, but the main purpose is to help guide emotional strength. Overcoming obstacles, discovering natures little secrets, gives the children a natural way of dealing with new ways of taking on challenges and the knowledge that they can do it.