“There is no description, no image in any book that can replace the sight of real trees and all the life around them in a natural forest. Something emanates from those trees which speak to the soul, something no book, no museum is capable of giving.
There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature… so that the child may better understand and participate in the marvellous things which civilisation creates.” – Maria Montessori.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Encouraging children to spend more time outdoors and away from technology aids their physical well-being and helps them improve their emotional and intellectual health,
… feeding the fish at the river.
The outdoors offers limitless potential to young children. It becomes a place where they can relax their mind, be inspired, and deep dive into the world of imagination. It’s a place where they can design, create and explore. The possibilities are endless ~ Angela Hanscom
“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement, we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.” – Maria Montessori.
Sand play is very tactile and helps children learn about textures and develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Creativity skill-building: Moulding shapes and objects, making patterns, raking, drawing designs in the sand with a stick, building roads and play spaces for trucks and toys.
“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry.
Mother nature is the best classroom. Bring all your senses along for learning, dearest child.