Before Smartphones and Computers Kids Had Real Fun

The best learning takes place outdoors, where children have to figure things out on their own. No parents or teachers to guide them. This is critical, divergent thinking. That is what astronauts need. So do artists and writers, musicians and scientists, doctors and teachers. Thinking outside of the box, using your hands, and having fun are the skills children need to learn and succeed. All those elements come alive in the greatest classroom of all — the outdoors.


Kids nowadays will just never understand.

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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24 Responses to Before Smartphones and Computers Kids Had Real Fun

  1. Di says:

    Very true Jennie.
    Lovely post 🌸🌸

  2. I couldn’t agree more. I drag my children kicking and screaming into the outdoors and they have a blast whilst there.

  3. beetleypete says:

    I saw this on Kate McClelland’s blog, and it rings true. I was one of those kids that used imagination when playing, and stayed outside in almost all weathers. I wouldn’t swap that for a Playstation.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Terrific post and so true! Thank you, Jennie! πŸ™‚

  5. So true. As a child, I remember running out the door after breakfast and only returning for lunch and dinner and later bedtime. Weather permitting, we did everything outdoors. Today’s kids are isolated from nature and any opportunity to play freely without structure. Kids need the time to experiment, to fail, to try again and learn from the process.

  6. Spot on!! Wonderful post! πŸ™‚

  7. yes! and it helps when an adult/parent offers such opportunities. great post!

  8. Thank you for sharing Jennie I must have missed it on ALK3R’s blog, It was wonderful. Brought me right back to my youth. I also left a comment on ALK3R’s blog. Well done. ☺☺☺

  9. So true, love my childhood memories of playing outside all day long!

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