Walk to School Week is all about encouraging families to leave the car at home and walk to school.
We are passionate supporters of this campaign, as it's one of the easiest ways to incorporate some exercise into your child's (and your) daily routine for healthy wellbeing.
At our local primary school, we regularly see children who live just around the corner getting dropped off right outside the school gate. They practically live on the school grounds!
Traffic Congestion around our schools is a big problem and raises serious safety issues for the children, and this is probably a nationwide problem. How much safer would it be for our children if people left their cars at home?!
We are fortunate where we live as it's about a 15-minute walk to school. The route is straightforward and passes a lovely nature pond and woodland area. Ducks, geese and swans are the locals!
When I'm not working, the school run is always done on foot, even in the rain! If I do have to take the car, then I park away from the school and walk the last 200 meters to school. This has been the norm for all three of our children, and now the older two are at secondary school, they still walk to school, which is a good hour away.
So what are the benefits of walking to school?
1. An easy way to get in some exercise for children and adults. The benefits of walking are well documented and published. It gets the heart pumping and body moving, ready for a day of learning at school!
2. Good for brain health. Studies have shown that exercise before school result in improved concentration levels and better performance in lessons.
3. Better for the environment. The fewer cars on the road, the less pollution. An issue we all need to be doing something about.
4. Save some money. Who doesn't want to save a few pennies? Short journeys in the car are not very economical. You could save the money you would spend on petrol towards a family day out.
5. Walking to school is a lovely way to connect with nature. Embrace your local area; it's surprising what you can see on a walk to school.
6. The walk to school is an ideal time to practice those timetables and get in some last minute practice before a test.
7. Helps to install an early good habit and love of walking. The younger you start children walking outside the better, they won't expect to be driven everywhere, and walking will become the norm and part of their daily routine.
8. It's an excellent time to spend some quality time together walking and talking with no distractions or screens.
9. Burn off some energy! When I collect my youngest one from school, he is usually full of energy after spending a day inside sitting down and being good! He is more than ready for a bit of exercise, and that walk home helps to release a bit of energy benefiting us all!!