Julia Cadieux's Blog (6)

Hooray For Dirt!

For generations, parents have understood that playing outdoors is good for kids. Grandparents know that fresh air is good for a fussy baby. There’s even folk wisdom that says every person should eat a peck of dirt before they die! Science is now catching up with common sense as study after study shows just how beneficial nature is for us physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. It is worth taking a closer look at that peck of dirt…

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Added by Julia Cadieux on April 2, 2015 at 9:39am — No Comments

101 Ways to Get Kids Outside & Spark a Love of Nature

I compiled this list based on all the activities and playing I've done with my two kids over the past six years. Most of these are easy and free ways to be outside and have fun!

https://thesupportedparent.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/101-ways-to-get-kids-outside-spark-a-love-of-nature/…

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Added by Julia Cadieux on April 2, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Green Hour

The more I learn about the vital necessity of allowing children daily, unrestricted playtime outside for their whole health, the more I want to make it a routine part of our lives. 

Have you heard of The Green Hour? The National Wildlife Federation recommends spending one hour outside each day for our holistic health. 



I just took the Pledge to be Out There which says I'll make getting outside a priority for my family.



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Added by Julia Cadieux on February 2, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Story About Urban Renewal to Capture the Imaginations of Children.

Our family loves the book, The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown. 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/curious-garden-peter-brown/1100831269?ean=9780316015479

Brown tells the story of a boy living in a city without greenery where people spend all their time indoors. The hero of the story, Liam, loves being outside despite the dreariness of his…

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Added by Julia Cadieux on December 18, 2014 at 10:48am — No Comments

The Power of Play

I came across this brief article outlining the current research evidence that overwhelming supports beginning formal instruction at around the age of seven years old. Read it and see my comments below:…

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Added by Julia Cadieux on November 14, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Let Them Eat Dirt

I am raising a little naturalist. My youngest daughter has always had a thing for the outdoors. From the very first time we took her camping at about 9 months old, and she ate so much dirt it was coming out of her diapers, to when she was a toddler and picking up every rock, leaf, acorn, stick, and flower in sight, to today when she can name off animal facts like an encyclopedia. This kid just absorbs nature. And she is so smart and happy because of it (no bias there).

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Added by Julia Cadieux on November 14, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments

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