This past week I've come across some great resources which I thought I'd share in this week's blog. The first is from the award-winning UK-based Little Forest Folk program. I'm feeling inspired to share their article on how 'Play IS Learning,' a great reminder that children have important work to do (especially in the early years) and that play is the vehicle for their learning:
"We’ve decided to address this question of ‘doing’ learning. In our opinion, learning isn’t something you ‘do’. It’s something that happens constantly for children, especially in the early years. A popular misconception is that children need to be sitting down, participating in an adult-directed focus activity to be learning. We believe this couldn’t be further from the truth."
The second resource is a book I'm highly enjoying by Scott Sampson (Dinosaur Train, anyone, anyone?). I'll admit I went into this read thinking that I've probably 'heard it all' before, but this is a really informative, interesting book full of research and great ideas. Ideas about how to be a nature mentor to your children, the importance of stories, play, unstructured time in the outdoors, as well as great information about how nature connection can shift as children get older. I'd highly recommend!
I'll leave you with a few pictures from our last week of Nature School--our first shared snow experience of the year! There was great excitement in the air as the first flakes fell, tongues out catch flakes and even snow angels on the field. As leaders we had to swing into gear (literally!) changing a few pairs of boots, digging out extra socks and firing up the fire. It always seems like the first snowy days (however exciting) require a kind of acclimatization to the colder temperatures, mentally as well as physically. Looking forward to many fun snowy days with this gang!