Category Archives: thoughts

Monday thought of the week: brooks not books

A thought: Teach your children to bring them in for themselves. Take your text from the brooks, not from the booksellers. – naturalist Louis Agassiz on how children should collect natural history specimens, quoted in David Starr Jordan‘s Science Sketches (Chicago: … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: all meant to be naturalists

A thought: We were all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things. … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: not just a thrill

A thought: Their need to be outside is not just a thrill, it’s a physical and emotional need. We’ve just forgotten it. – Linda Buzzell, ecotherapist, quoted in “A Daily Dose of Ecotherapy Eases Stress in Kids,” Outside Magazine online (November … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: when culture wants to tell them otherwise

A thought: Wildness runs through our veins, and we need to remember to feel it. I think children know that when they come into the world, but it’s up to us as caregivers to not let them forget when culture … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: watch her go!

A thought: Give a child a pair of binoculars or a camera, and he will be occupied for a moment or two, before setting it aside. But give her a net, and watch her go! – Robert Michael Pyle, “The … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: touched

A thought: We have to let children touch nature, because that which is untouched is unloved. – Emma Marris (from her recent TED talk, see below)

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Monday thought of the week: a paradox

A thought: It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. – Leo Buscaglia, motivational speaker and professor in special education

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Monday thought of the week: heading outside

A thought: How do you get children to connect with the richness of the natural world? Perhaps, it is as simple as heading outside with a homemade butterfly net and a racing heart. – William Leach, in an NPR interview … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a natural and active nature study

A thought: But after all, childhood, – active, fresh, spontaneous child- hood, – and its need of the normal environment for growth and vigor, supplies the imperative demand for a natural and active nature study. – Clifton Hodge, Nature Study … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a new vantage point

A thought: Children experience a unique perspective and freedom when they can climb up and look out on the world from a new vantage point. – Gever Tulley, author of Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do), from … Continue reading

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