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 …

Interview with Tom Shea – The Importance of Play

What an absolute delight it was to meet Tom Shea in person. He reminds me of a playful wizard – infact I can see him morphing into one of my children’s book characters one day. With over 40 years experience in child care it comes as no surprise that this beautiful soul understands the needs of young children. Specializing in 0-7 …

The Power of Imagination – Soup, Bugs and Journals

Imagination stirs in nature… The students decided they would make soup. The giant tractor tire became the cooking pot. The students gathered cones, grasses and wildflowers to add to their bubbling soup. Later the tire became a sailing boat and then a witches couldron. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire …