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Weather? Whatever!

Whether the weather be fine

Or whether the weather be not.

Whether the weather be cold

Or whether the weather be hot.

We’ll weather the weather whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not.…

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Added by Elissa Brown on March 26, 2014 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

Keep Parental Adrenalin In Check

Sound faded away as my heart stopped.  I sucked in a breath so I could frantically yell, “Get down!  What are you doing?!”  My precious little boy was precariously balancing on a tree root, probably only millimeters thick.  This tiny root holding my 2-year-old was jutting out over angry water that was certainly miles deep and so cold hypothermia would set in instantaneously.  Is that gale force wind I feel?  Surely the next gust would cause my son to lose his already perilous…

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Added by Jessica O'Connor on February 19, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Teaching Stillness

Listen. What do you hear?  

Look.  What do you see?  

Breathe.  What do you smell?  

Touch.  What do you feel?

I continually ask my daughter to take a moment.  To…
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Added by Jessica O'Connor on January 29, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Feeding the Ducks with Daddy

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Feeding the Ducks with Daddy

Added by Mudpie Mama on April 30, 2013 at 1:38am — No Comments

Our Very Hungry Caterpillars - Part I

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Added by Mudpie Mama on April 22, 2013 at 1:49am — No Comments

Building the Foundation for a Love of Learning.

Building the Foundation for a Love of Learning.

It is very exciting time at Building Blocks Preschool.  We just rolled out our new website and sharing our story.  We have been sharing our story but not getting our…

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Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 17, 2013 at 7:55am — No Comments

Seeing Nature-Michigan Green School

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart. – Helen Keller

Being Green.  Thinking Green.  Outdoor Green.  Garden Green.…

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Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 11, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Building Blocks Preschool-An Early Chidhood Learning Community

I am the founder and Executive Director of the Building Blocks Preschool. We are a year-round Nature based and Reggio Inspired preschool.

In 2004 my husband Joseph and I decided to invest in our children’s early childhood education and in the Huron Valley Community. Our school resides in a 100 year old farmhouse that backs up to over 5,000 acres Highland Recreation Area ( A State of MI Department of Natural Resources).

Our school believes it is critical that children have the…

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Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 10, 2013 at 8:34pm — No Comments

In the beginning

Now that I have blogged my first experience as a young, struggling teacher discovering the power of children's innate curiosity, I think it would be appropriate to reflect on my childhood. Where did my lifelong insatiable curiosity about the natural world - and how children learn best - come from?

Again, I'm going to use an extract from my recent book, Through My Eyes: On becoming a teacher, to explain where my curiosity was encouraged and…

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Added by John Paull on November 24, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Tipping Point for The New Nature Movement

In his national best selling book “The Tipping Point” author Malcolm Gladwell discusses a few reasons that some products and ideas become huge success stories and others do not. Mr. Gladwell argues that at some point in time "an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire."  Successful products or ideas that spread over a wide demographic do so not because of the direct actions of their creators but because they happened to catch the attention of…

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Added by Nkrumah Frazier on September 24, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

"Down to Earth" Foot Whispering in Holland and Germany



The Foot Whisperer & Therapeutic Gardens:  Holland & Germany…



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Added by Randy Eady on July 3, 2012 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Integrating Nature to Regain Life's Equilibrium

In the Nature as Therapy group of CN&N Christine Hohlbaum notes in her Nature as Healer comment:  "It is my understanding (and my own experience) that nature has many healing properties. . . For instance, it has been scientifically proven that taking a walk in the forest can…

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Added by Randy Eady on May 7, 2012 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

The Importance of Early Childhood Nature Connection: A Bootfull of Pollywogs

Sunshine and springtime were rare bedfellows where I grew up. One day when I was four, my mother took me into the forest a few blocks from home. She had heard that the “Frog Pond," as it was known, was brimming with tadpoles. Cinching the deal that fateful day were scattered, caressing rays of sun . . .

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Added by Scott D. Sampson on March 31, 2012 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

Forget Tiger Mom and French Mom: Meet Hunter-Gatherer Mom

Last year, Amy Chua managed to push a whole set of collective parenting buttons when she asserted in the Wall Street Journal, and later in her book…

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Added by Suz Lipman on February 8, 2012 at 4:17pm — No Comments

New Year's Resolution: Spend More Time in Nature

Happy New Year!

 

 

I recently had the opportunity to take two very special hikes on Mount Tamalpais, the mountain near my home that is laced with trails for seemingly every mood and workout. One I took when one of my closest and oldest friends came to visit, and the other I took on…

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Added by Suz Lipman on December 29, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Garbage In, Chocolate Out: Children and Anti-Nature: Of Trash and Treats in Ghana



At first glance, it seems a trophy pose, particularly as the boy in the photo…

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Added by Randy Eady on December 28, 2011 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Empowerment Photography and Nature Therapy with The Loveliest Girl in the World

Writer's Note:

This article references the experience of orphan children, their care environment and an observational methodology called Empowerment Photography (as it is viewed in the context of what is termed eco-psychological and nature therapy).  

Ecopsychology considers the connection between our self and the rest of nature to be essential to mental, and thus, ecological health.  In this respect, ecopsychology offers a way…

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Added by Randy Eady on November 29, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Ecopsychology: Reconnecting with Nature

 

 

 

 

Ecopsychology:

Reconnecting with Nature

December 10, 2009

Tatiana Casey

Dept. of Psychology

 

 

 

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Added by Tatiana Casey on October 27, 2011 at 9:02am — No Comments

Ecological Identity: The Naked Truth

Ecological Identity: The Naked Truth

Ecopsychology is the coalescence of the fields of psychology and ecology in which the the connection between our Self and the rest of nature is considered to be a symbiotic expression of Truth essential to our mental, and thus, ecological health (Ammel & Manning, 2009, p.14).  When I speak of this “Truth,” I am referring to the non-duality intrinsic to the relationship that shapes the reciprocal sharing we have with our…

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Added by Tatiana Casey on October 27, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Swan Dive in Nature Time

Swan…

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Added by Randy Eady on October 26, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

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