Living Learning Children

 

“What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?”

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"Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature.

Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities.

Every child."

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"How can our kids really understand the moral complexities of being alive if they are not allowed to engage in those complexities outdoors?"

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"We tend to block off many of our senses when we're staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses."

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“An environment-based education movement--at all levels of education--will help students realize that school isn't 

supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”

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"Nature is imperfectly perfect, filled with loose parts and possibilities, with mud and dust, nettles and sky, transcendent hands-on moments and skinned knees."

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"Natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses - their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen."

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"There is a real world, beyond the glass, for the children who look, for those whose parents encourage them to truly see."

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"Children need nature for the development of their senses, and therefore, for learning and creativity.

There is another possibility: […] the rebirth of wonder and even joy."

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"Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity."

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 "By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility."

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"Quite simply, when we deny our children nature, we deny them beauty."

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*** All quotations by Richard Louve, Last Child in the Woods  

 
 
 
 

 

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