Article Link: http://www.childcareexchange.com/article/wonder-newsletter----nature-action-collaborative-for-children/5021394/Together in Nature
This edition of Wonder explores the following Universal Principle for Connecting the World’s Children with Nature:
We believe it is important that adults and families enjoy regular experiences in the natural world with their children.
(Find the complete list of principles in the Environmental Action Kit at worldforumfoundation.org/nature.)
Our children are ready and waiting. They are ready to follow us into the woods and breathe deeply, turn their faces to the warmth of the sun, chase fireflies through the yard, lift a rock and squeal in surprise as insects scurry away. They are waiting to run their hands through the sand, stomp in a puddle, and collect pebbles in their pockets.
Our children are ready and waiting. They are ready for us to follow them out the door, to look into their eyes, to share in their joy, to honor their courage, to be with them. They are waiting for us to turn off the phone, lighten our schedules, slow down our pace, take a deep breath, and be with them.
So, what are you waiting for?
Adults cannot share with children what they do not have inside themselves. As Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori said, “It is not enough for the teacher ...