Children’s Connection with Nature

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The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards… Anatole France  

Although children are eager learners, they are inquisitive learners and want to know why.

But why Mommy? How’s come Daddy? How many parents have heard this, and often? Teaching children effectively entails more responsibility than merely telling a story or making statements or issuing commands. Although children are eager learners, they are inquisitive learners and want to know why. With young children, lessons are easier for them to learn if there is a personal reference for them to relate to. So with regard to the environment, it is important for children to experience nature. There are many ways to help children connect with nature, regardless of the opportunities for direct access.

 Take children on hikes in the woods, or walks in a local park or nature center. 

Take children on hikes in the woods, or walks in a local park or nature center; help children create their own personal ecosystem project by installing a birdbath, birdhouse, flower bed, herb and vegetable garden or a log pile so they can observe the animals, insects and natural growth that develops around their creation; if access is not available, help them build a small terrarium for their room; provide children access to books about birds and insects and let them see how many types of birds and insects they can find in the natural environment where they live; go for a drive to the country at night and gaze at the stars.   

One of the important and simple lessons to teach children is recycling.  

When children are provided the opportunity to connect with the environment around them, they can begin to learn how lifestyles impact the environment. One of the important and simple lessons to teach them is recycling. The positive effects of recycling, as well as the negative effects of not recycling. Why recycling bottles and cans and paper helps to keep those little animals in their homes. 

When children are provided the opportunity to connect with the environment around them, they can begin to learn how lifestyles impact the environment.

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