Waldorf in the News: Natural Light & Outdoor Play Reduces Short-Sightedness in Children

Waldorf Principle Explored: Bringing the Classroom Outdoors & The Outdoors Inside

Having students spend significant amounts of time outdoors is integral to Waldorf education. No matter what the weather is or the student’s age, students are dressed appropriately and have daily time to play and explore outdoors. Even when students are indoors, classrooms are filled with natural light and only use artificial light when absolutely necessary (on a very dark or cloudy day). This careful attention to light benefits the students in many ways. However, one surprising way is with their eye-sight. The article below explains…

Research by Queensland University of Technology

Increasing exposure to outdoor light is the key to reducing the myopia (short-sightedness) epidemic in children, according to ground-breaking research by Australian optometrists. Children need to spend more than an hour and preferably at least two hours a day outside to help prevent myopia from developing and progressing, say experts.

Read the full article HERE or the research article HERE

Find new ways to get students outdoors with our Wildlife Education Curriculum HERE

This article is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link  here or to the right of the blog (on the computer) or following the blog (on mobile). You can use this series to gain more insight yourself or help others understand why you choose Waldorf education for your child.

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