The Benefits of Nature Art Therapy

I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year and what an absolute joy it is to share this creative journey with such an incredible little being.     We have been returning to the lake, forest and garden. …

The Colourful Smile of a Miracle

I love colour, it ignites my soul – the colours in nature invite me to dance, sing and celebrate – they invite me to play, to absorb their vibrancy, their love, their energy, they invite me to create. Magic filled the air As soon as I stepped outside I could feel the magic in the air     I have …

Students Wall Hangings – Interbeing (Clouds In Each Paper)

Artstarts Project – “The fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – Workshop 3 – Canvas Wall Hangings Grades 3,4 and 5 students investigated the beautifully written passage “Interbeing” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits. …

Childhood Is A Time of Wonder – Dandelion Love

I have always loved dandelions! When I was young, I would make daisy and dandelion crowns and I still do! I also love drawing dandelions, observing the butterflies and bees that visit them but the best thing of all, is sharing the wonders of these amazing flowers with my students. This week with my special needs student, we are learning all …

Nature Play All Year Round: Investigating the Elements: Water

There was a scattering of snow left in the forest and by the lake shore offering wonderful opportunities for my special needs student to investigate the element: Water I try to have an offering for each lesson that allows for spontaneous exploration and free-flowing creative adventures. This morning Elise noticed the paint containers were full of ice, what a delightful …

Wishing you a Magical and Enchanting Christmas

Wishing all you beautiful souls, a Magical and Enchanting Christmas with your loved ones. One of the most precious gifts you can give is your time. The holiday season offers plenty of opportunities to play outdoors in nature with your loved ones, friends, neighbors. Go barefoot – just for a few seconds or sit around an open fire… Create some …

Let’s Make Nature Play Every Day

Winter offers new investigations regarding the trees. We began our lesson by noticing the trees that were evergreen, like the giant Ponderosa Pine trees. We stopped to admire these friendly giants. Elise remembered the bird nests we built with the pine needles last week. Play… Moving about keeps us warm during these cooler winter days. Elise loves owls and so we …

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 …

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 …