Hello hungry ones! Let’s not talk about food this time, let’s talk about the another thing I’m passionate about: children.
As most of you know, I am a teacher by day. I have worked with children from high school to play class and let’s just say, I enjoy being with their exuberant nature. Their perspective is just refreshing to say the least. The children I have worked with are mostly from international schools and they are well-placed. However, these kids are mostly urban based as they live mostly in cities – making them not as exposed to the outdoors as much as they should be.
When you’re living in a world where children spend 8+ hours of indoors with a life expectancy shorter than their parents’ because of sedentary lifestyles, wouldn’t it be amazing if your youngster’s school is a giant outdoor playground where he can explore and enjoy nature with his own senses?
Outdoor schools, forest schools and the like are opening up for parents who like to expose their children to nature most (if not all) of the day; ensuring that the children learn their lessons through experiencing things firsthand. The children are encouraged to climb trees, roll in the dirt (I actually remember eating dirt as a kid and it taught me a very important lesson – not to eat dirt), run wild and enjoy everything nature has to offer. These interactions give the children an understanding of their world as well as appreciation of their environment, better coordination and overall health.
Childhood brings a lot of vital lessons that we bring to adulthood, and sadly, most children these days miss out on the fun outdoors have to offer as urbanscapes largely dominate a huge chunk of their young lives.
So even if you’re busy and you don’t have time to go out and play sand and sticks with your child, there is still hope with the outdoor schools. It is popping all over the world, but still, it is still few and far between. In the meantime, you can do little things to make your child more involved, like having a vegetable patch at home or sending the to nature-minded summer camps once in a while.
Remember, children who have zero knowledge of nature won’t grow up into adults who will take care of it! So let them go and let them be wild things as they are meant to be.
- Get outside and go wild, kids urged (bbc.co.uk)
- Forest School: run wild with a new branch of learning (telegraph.co.uk)
- Children urged to put away screens and play outside (schoolsimprovement.net)
- Children and The Great Outdoors (ool.co.uk)
- The Right to a Nature-Rich Childhood (fragmentsfromfloyd.com)