For my family and for my son who is on the spectrum, some of the best lessons we learn are when we are outside and exploring. This picture is from the beach we like to go to that has MANY tide pools to explore but, really, exploring can take place anywhere…the mountains, the desert or just in the backyard as you dig up worms and get your hands in the dirt. What we find is less important than the fact that we are exploring. What’s most important is that we open our mind to the adventure around us.
I do believe classroom learning is important because, for my son especially, rules need to be learned and turn taking needs to be focused on because those lessons often don’t come easily at all. Truly, everything in moderation. You can’t spend all day outside but you can’t spend all day inside either. So, get outside and explore and get dirty and fall down because most lessons are learned in the messes and the surprises that we find along the way.