I wouldn’t dream of building a 21st century school without including an indoor play area in the plans. There are far too many occasions that call for indoor recess, stretching and play to not consider what might keep us from going outside. Be it too cold, too hot, too rainy or too much for students (and) teachers who cannot tolerate pollen.
Of the 100+ days we are in school, there are several where we can’t go outside.
I’m thinking this because of a recent visit to Catch Air.
I can see obvious reasons for not going “all out” in this fashion,
But an indoor play area makes so much sense.
Today, while basking in the warm sun alongside the raucous sounds of young friends I thought we should even have a covered outdoor play space. Most of our students returned from Spring Break either with windburn or windsunburn—so why not build a space that protects us from the sun’s heat and light?
Don’t our young ones deserve space to move, dream, run and socialize in the event of inclement circumstances?
Don’t the teachers?
Certainly, we can design a space that allows for the freedom of recreation while meeting a basic need for our students—movement.