The emergency exit to outdoor learning...
I dress in layers nearly year round (and definitely now that it's "fall" here in Los Angeles) & my kids think I'm nuts. But you're right, in general, parents & other adults don't dress the part for outdoor excursions. Which is a shame because it's tough to enjoy & engage with your kids outside if you're too cold or otherwise uncomfortable.
Thanks for sharing what you like and don't like. And I agree you need to have proper winter clothes or you will not like being outside for more than 5 min.
Juliet, thanks for this. I too am a total wimp and hate being cold and/or wet. That said I was outside for 6 hours today in Aberdeen - 6 degrees and a really strong wind - and wasn't cold once. The answer: you have to get cold and wet at least once to sort yourself out! So here's to waterproof trousers and Buffalo tunics until next April!
I think what I'm finding is that adults who go outside all year round with children are no harder or tougher than anyone else. I have never got used to a bitter wind blowing in my face.But I do know the value of finding a sheltered spot to work and warm clothes to wear. I've just bought a long down jacket which is toasty warm. Sigh!
Totally agree Juliet about dressing appropriately for the outdoors. As we live in a relatively warm climate here in Australia, we struggle at times to get parents to provide even a warm coat in winter let alone hats, gloves and scarves for their children ... even though we can experience really cold and wet winters like we did this year. As for dressing for snow conditions ... well I can't even imagine how difficult that must be!Donna :) :)
I think the opposite is true here in Australia too, staff not presenting themselves appropriately dressed for the heat - with a wide brimmed hat and covered shoulders, etc. Especially young people :)
We have a nature preschool and I often find it's the moms that want to go inside earlier. Having appropriate gear really does make a difference. I'll often keep an extra pair of gloves in my pocket for the kids--maybe I should do the same for the adults!
I've been having a wardrobe clearout recently and the one set of items I simply cannot throw out are my myria of jackets for different outdoor situations. As I do spend a lot of time outside, I'm constantly tuning into the weather. So for example at school I need warm coats such as a big down jacket. This is too hot, though, for dog walks on most days. I've recently acquired a padded waterproof which is ideal for cold spring or autumn days. At least I've plenty of spare now for adults on training courses.
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