Reading: Sustainable School Architecture by Lisa Gelfand (Part 2)

Landscape & Site Design

A study fo preschool age children’s outdoor play behaviour at 17 child care centres found that they had more frequent and longer verbal exchanges when they encountered something living in their outdoor play environment.

These encounters included interactions with plants, worms, bugs and often involved ethical discussions, such as the merits of preserving or killing a worm.

A study of 10 – 11-year-old children with attention deficit disorder determined that exposure to green landscapes increased their attentional functioning.

The Swedish people studied development and academic achievement of kindergarten children who played on a new climbing structure in a conventional playground compared with kindergarten children who played in a forest with logs, rocks, uneven surfaces, and water. At the end of the kindergarten year, the forest school children tested higher in balance, coordination and reading.

Using planted mounds can create outdoor seating for performances or simply stimulate children to roll and slide and run up and over and around.

Selecting appropriate plants attracts favourite creatures, such as butterflies and hummingbirds.

Even schools aggression can be decreased by providing more variety in the playground.

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