Category Archives: thoughts

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 Advertisements

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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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Monday thought of the week: let my kids be kids

A thought: … I respectfully ask that you let my kids be kids. – Julie Walsh Holcombe, in an open letter to a guard or teacher who told her sons not to climb trees and go home after school hours. Check … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: they miss out

A thought: The wild world is becoming so remote to children that they miss out – and an interest in the natural world doesn’t grow as it should. Nobody is going to protect the natural world unless they understand it. … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a wonderland to me

A thought: I was just a twelve, thirteen year old boy, and it was just a wonderland to me. If I could, I would just do the same thing today that I did then but it would look funny. – … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: arranging a romance

A thought: I cannot expect my children to care about an earth they have never felt seep between their toes or to protect the life of a bird they have never heard sing. I am arranging a romance, hoping they … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: mastering their environment

A thought: Their nature play is not about competing or excelling or living up to someone else’s expectations. Like their parents’ and grandparents’ childhood play before them, it is about mastering their environment and co-operating to build a community. – … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: the ideal piece of playground equipment

A thought: One of our favourite stories on the importance of reconnecting children to nature is from the renowned playground designer, Rusty Keeler. The moment he shifted from designing children’s play equipment to working with nature came when he was … Continue reading

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