By the end of an average life, humans will have spent around 15% of their time at school. Clearly, these educational institutions occupy a lot of children’s time and can influence their attitudes and understandings of the world.
Despite the buildings’ great importance and prominence, they often receive criticism for their similarity to prisons in look. Combating this problem, which is replete with bare walls and worn brick, is essential for fostering a healthier learning environment for future generations.
Fortunately, incorporating natural materials into our school buildings doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. Here are some tips to get you started:
Rustic Wood Beams
Including natural materials like wood beams in the overhead areas of school buildings can help create the feeling of being outdoors. CDA Wood can make even the loudest cafeteria feel homier and more peaceful. Woodburn Elementary in Camas, Washington helped their students, the Wolves, feel at one with nature through a similar technique.
Plants and Community Gardens
Spending time in nature is linked to higher cognitive function and more stable mental health. While classrooms rush to provide kids with the latest and greatest technology, plants are often left behind. Making an effort to introduce nature into the daily school-lives of children will have a wide variety of benefits. Not only can students benefit from cleaner air and more peaceful learning spaces, but they will also be taught new skills through the shared responsibility of growing a plant.
Classic Stones in the Classroom
Building with stone can provide a stable foundation and a fun classroom feel. Natural materials like stones are reminiscent of peaceful creeks and the stunning castles of childhood dreams. They can also make an interior wall appear like an exterior wall, leaving students feeling less boxed in by monotonous brick or drywall.
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