I am Early Childhood Educator with 35+ years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. Over the last 10 years, I have observed a serious deficiency in our children’s ability to connect their thoughts to our natural world – animals, plants, and even their own backyards have become foreign objects to them.
In an effort to reconnect children with nature, I have decided to use my own family farm – that has been in my family for over 100 years! - as the grounds for Country Camp.
By providing an environment for hands-on activities within a working farm, children will have the opportunity to experience a part of our world that is no longer taught within the classroom. By exposing children to a REAL FARM – not a “petting zoo” – I believe children can become re-engaged with nature!
Hi Gayle! Hearty welcome to C&NN. Glad you found us and jumped in by joining the Natural Teachers group and discussions. I've noticed you on Twitter, too. Wonderful to make that connection. I am such a fan of farm camps (my daughter goes to a CA camp with an animal care component). Yours looks very special, and it's wonderful that it's been in the family so long. I look forward to learning a lot more about it and you through posts and pictures. I hope you find the forum a rich source of resources and camaraderie. Cheers!
Thanks, Gayle. Yes, it's absolutely inspirational what has come from that one simple question, and a truly authentic response by a teacher who really heard her students. They created a curriculum of meaning and contribution in which all who shared benefited, not the least of which were the critters who came to swim, nest, burrow, and dwell in their restored homes.