TimberNook experiences are selected and planned based on their therapeutic value and ability to inspire children to think and play in new and creative ways. But the lifelong benefits often go far deeper.
Children challenge their vestibular system also known as their “balance system” and coordination by moving in all directions while climbing trees, scaling rock walls, rolling down grassy hills, and running from one place to the next. They develop strength and endurance by hiking up hills, carrying heavy rocks, bricks, and sticks.
Children have improved attention when they play outside on a regular basis. Moving helps to activate and ignite the brain to pay attention.
Moving on a regular basis improves the vestibular system, which helps to support all six eye muscles. Children also work on skills such as visual tracking when searching for things out in nature.
Playing outdoors provides ample opportunities for children to naturally practice auditory discrimination skills, such as listening to the differences between a Robin's call and a Chickadee's call.
Grabbing hold of heavy and large objects such as limbs of a tree help to develop strong grasping patterns in little hands – getting the hands ready to do finer and more delicate work such as holding a pencil. Our activities such as embroidery, molding clay, and working with alpaca fiber help to fine-tune these motor skills.
We allow for ample unstructured playtime in the great outdoors, which leads to creative social adventures among the children. They create their own societies out in the woods, build structures together as a group, play pretend with peers, and come up with their own games.
The TimberNook curriculum inspires children to think independently and openly. Our environment, resources, and activities are carefully selected to allow time and space for kids to create, build, and use their imagination.
Getting plenty of movement actually affects the body's ability to regulate both emotions as well as activity levels. Research proposes that spent in nature also reduces cortisol levels in the brain to calm and improves mood.