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As part of the nearly century-old tradition of Waldorf education, engaging students in meaningful outdoor time and physical activity adds another dimension to their learning. These opportunities engage children's creativity in problem solving in a physical manner - reinforcing their ability to overcome adversity and develop grit and resilience. For example, in first grade, when children are learning "skip counting," they literally skip rope while they are practicing to strengthen the lesson.
Emerson’s educational philosophy also encourages students to challenge preconceptions about their world. The treehouse platforms will provide our children a physical means to experience a different perspective on a familiar scene thus challenging their preconceptions - their long-held beliefs of what they think their playground is and looks like. This practice is essential in developing the skills necessary for analytical thinking and evaluating multiple, often conflicting ideas.