Hi! I'm Natasha - The lifelong learner on the other side of the computer.
I am a four year old kindergarten teacher. The outdoors has always been a part of my identity. I am grateful to be able to share new experiences with Mother Nature through the eyes of my students. I learn from them and they learn from me. Together we tackle learning alongside our natural surroundings. Our learning is messy, explorative, and flexible. My children's creativity and exploration of materials often leads to a different end product than I had envisioned, but that is okay! We get our hands dirty, sometimes our tables get paint on them, and we spill, but we always clean up and create and learn something awesome!
Why is raising a wild child important? Why is connecting the outdoors and our natural surroundings into our learning so important?
"If I had influence with the good fairy... I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life."
- Rachel Carson, The Sense Of Wonder.
Mother Nature is an amazing teacher. She supplies each child with a non-replicable multi-sensory experiences, free space, unspecified materials, and a wealth of knowledge.
Immersing children with their natural surroundings allows them to remain close to the “larger fabric on which our lives depend” (Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods).
Mother Nature benefits our children's:
- Motor development
- Attention span
- Ability to focus
- Recall and memory
- Problem solving
- Creativity and imagination
- Knowledge of building & science
- Mathematical knowledge
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Social skills
In this corner of the web we work to inspire the inner wild in each child by connecting natural surroundings to simple learning. We work to raise a well rounded future generation that includes the outdoors as part of their self-identity and that respects and cares for the health of the earth.
“Children live through their senses. Sensory experiences link the child’s exterior world with their interior, hidden, affective worlds. Since the natural environment is the principal source of sensory stimulation, freedom to explore and play with the outdoor environment through the senses in their own space and time is essential for healthy development…. This type of self-activated, autonomous interaction is what we call free play. Individual children test themselves by interacting with their environment, activating their potential and reconstructing human culture. The content of the environment is a critical factor in this process. A rich, open environment will continuously present alternative choices for creative engagement. A rigid, bland environment will limit healthy growth and development of the individual or the group.”
- Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods