Kids and Nature
Talking about Kids and Nature with Rebecca and Steve on KXL101 Morning News:"How can NATURE help our younger kids with learning?"Being in nature provides learning and opportunities for:
Body awareness - balance, core strength, agility
Taking risks, meeting challenges
Getting out of "your head"
Experiencing life and death
Witnessing the changing seasons
Recent research is showing an alarming trend towards
Could it be a result of too much time looking at screens and,
, not enough time looking at the far distant horizon and then looking close up at a ladybug climbing up the nearest flower?
Parks are even getting into the act of creating experiences more closely reflecting that of wild places. Portland has created several "natural" playgrounds with more in the works. Read about the All-Natural Playground here.For anyone who has spent time in nature, at any age, you've likely experienced a sense of inner quiet, strength, and capability. These feelings can't blossom fully on the couch.Steve asks, "Do a lot of schools take part in this concept of outdoor learning---even in urban settings?"There is a growing trend toward "forest schools" - children are outside all day, every day. This movement comes out of Europe and is catching hold here. Children are naturals at being outside, given the chance.Portland is home to more than a few outdoor schooling options:Mother Earth SchoolTrackers Northwest"What about when they get older--what value does it have for them?"--- Many kids fondly remember their Outdoor School experience - if they were lucky enough to have it as a part of their curriculum.Stepping out of the normal routine and regular friendships can open up new vistas - both inner and outer. Being outside is a great way to unplug and simplify.Looking for a rich experience for your kids this summer? Inner Guide Expeditions is highly recommended. They say, "Something astounding happens when electronics are left behind and an “analog” rhythm of life emerges center stage - wilderness becomes adventure, challenge becomes insight, campfires become council, strangers become family.""Is there any DOWNSIDE to this?"There is NO downside to connecting with nature at any time - for any of us!There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.Pull on your rain gear and head outside with or without the kids!
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