The more you love…

“The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh   Making love hearts with the students and the educators is a beautiful way of expressing their love for one another and all life.    I will leave you with a little animation my son created for my book character Orange …

Deeply Rooted – We Are One

When we reawaken to the wonders of nature, we feel a new lease of life. We begin to feel happier and healthier. “We Inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body” – Thich Nhat Hanh As our love affair (intimacy) with the natural world deepens, so too, does our understanding of …

GROWING UP IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

Froebel believed play was a necessary element in educating the “whole” child allowing them to use all their imaginative powers and physical movements to explore his interests. He stated, “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” Yesterday at Educating the Heart with Nature Art we were making …

Gourmet Food From Nature

Today I got to hang out with my beautiful daughter who is a vegan studying to be a nutritionist. Jasmine appreciates how important a well balanced diet is for our children. She believes as adults, we need to be positive role models for the children in our lives and I wholeheartedly agree with her. She is creating a deliciously – rustic, …

Preschoolers and Technology

Having just arrived back from a most enchanting encounter with a swallowtail butterfly ( the colouful being danced from flower to flower coming right up close, kissing my fingers with it’s fragile wings before fluttering off gracefully into the forest). I set about down loading my photos. What a great use of technology I think to myself.  Minutes later a Ted Talk appears in my news feed …

THE JOY OF LEARNING

Here is part one of my latest nature art project “Telling our Stories with the Help of Nature’s Muses” – A three week joy filled learning exploration of our interconnectedness, life cycles and celebrations of all life. As Spring blooms so too do the grade one students of Khalsa Elementary School as they learn how to tell their stories orally, …

Nurturing an intimate relationship with nature (Trees)

Continuing our investigation of the spirit of nature, we delved deeper into our relationship with trees. By allowing students to choose their own tree, they feel an instant connection. They can feel the texture of the tree, watch it swaying in the wind. They can explore the birds and insects that live in and around the tree. Today we learned about Canadian …

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson

I just recently watched a short video : HOW SOCIETY KILLS YOUR CREATIVITY (You can view the video for yourself by following the link at the bottom of the page). Here is an excerpt from the article written by ALANNA KETLER in the Collective Evolution. “In many cases, the school system doesn’t celebrate gifts in the realm of art, music, poetry etc. Rather, the …

The Power of Nature Play – Once Upon a Time

Imaginations flourish outdoors in nature Nature provides the best environment for creative adventures with found objects. A few sticks, flowers, pebbles, rocks and twine…can offer a child of any age hours of creative fun and learning opportunities. Nature gifts the most beautiful organic open-ended materials for all sorts of creative exploration. Storytelling with nature One of my favourite nature based art activities for children …