Another cold, February weekend in DC got me thinking about cabin fever. Even though it ”is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment,” I self-diagnosed using WebMD. I didn’t get far and had to go to Wikipedia for help. There I learned that the kind of cabin fever I have is more than just idiom; it has a scientific basis.
An article from a team of researchers from the University of Michigan in the journal Psychological Science called The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature claim that time in nature improves attention spans of subjects.
If it is hard on adults to be inside too much, can you imagine how a child feels?
I am grateful that I can take a break from writing and join our extended day prorgam in the Rain Garden. Those fortunate children, and me. Otherwise I may never be able to finish my
John DeMarchi is the Head of School at Evergreen School. He is also regular Patch blogger. Evergreen School offers a Montessori program to children age 2 to third grade and is located between Kensington, Silver Spring and Wheaton, Marlyand. You can learn more about their school and summer programs online at www.evergreenschool.com