This edition of Wonder explores the following Universal Principle for Connecting the World's Children with Nature:
We believe it is important for families to understand the value of children's daily connections with nature. (Find the complete list of Universal Principles at
In today's world, families are bombarded with messages that tout the 'latest and greatest' gadget to buy if we want our children to grow into happy, healthy, productive adults. We are overwhelmed with information that persuades us to provide the 'right' kind of experience for our children. Even though the benefits of a childhood grounded in a love of the earth far outweigh much of these claims, the value of children's daily connections to nature has yet to become regular prime-time news. As early childhood professionals, we can support parents who are feeling overwhelmed by promoting family lifestyle choices that include frequent interactions with the wonders of nature.
We can help parents experience the great joys of spending time with their children outdoors:
• We can share stories that help families see the small, simple ways children can experience nature as part of everyday learning.
• We can communicate the foundation of environmental stewardship that is being fostered.
• We can ...
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