C&NN Connect

Share, Learn, Listen, Lead

Marghanita Hughes's Blog (34)

Childhood Is Sacred

building

Childhood is a very special and magical time. Childhood is sacred.

Childhood is when we learn about the world and ourselves, and provides a foundation of who we’ll be in the future. That is why it is so important to have experiences in nature, exploring the “Wonder” of it all.

imagine

Disconnected

So many have forgotten and have…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 3, 2014 at 4:37pm — No Comments

OUTDOOR SPACES & CLASSROOMS When children and nature mix, something magical happens. I am fortunate to witness that magic every day in our outdoor classrooms. With Spring time just around the corn…

OUTDOOR SPACES & CLASSROOMS

When children and nature mix, something magical happens. I am fortunate to witness that magic every day in our outdoor classrooms.

With Spring time just around the corner, what better time to start thinking about creating an Outdoor Space or Classroom.…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 3, 2014 at 3:08pm — No Comments

We are of the Earth

sketches

I was writing notes for my speech for the Nature Education Conference in New Zealand and it sparked a visual idea that I had to draw. It seeded the theme of what will ultimately become the main thread of my talk.

We are of the Earth.…

illus-4

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on October 14, 2013 at 8:35am — No Comments

We Protect What We Love

Our Children are the Caretakers of Tomorrow: In this book we celebrate nature and art, opening the hearts and minds of children - inspiring them to explore the wonders of the natural world and thier own unique creative…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on August 24, 2013 at 7:10am — No Comments

Keeping the Enchantment of Childhood Alive

If you answer YES to all of these questions you may wish to join this amazing journey in helping to grow "The Garden of Love"

1. Do you wish to help keep the enchantment of childhood alive?

 

2. Do you believe that picture books and telling stories are important in a child’s life?

 

3. Do you care about the future of our Natural World?

 

4. Do you believe in nurturing compassion, love, truth, respect and peace in our…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on August 11, 2013 at 5:19pm — 1 Comment

Let the Forest Echo with Laughter this Summer

My wish for Summer is that all children, everywhere get to experience a "childhood summer" ....to be alive in nature, to feel it, breath it, taste it, smell it, see it, dance with it..wonder at it and with it.....to celebrate it!

 …

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on June 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Gardening: Fostering Compassion in Children

Compassion fosters a feeling of connectedness and peace

Gardening is all about Compassion

Gardening is a wonderful way to connect children with nature and foster compassion.

Gardening is tending to the soil with…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 5, 2013 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

Nature Workshops for Early Childhood Educators

SPRING April/May/June

How to Actively Engage Children with Nature through Art.

The first six years of a child’s life are really important in their development. Being in nature ia a really dynamic place in which to learn.

Contact…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 27, 2013 at 11:36am — No Comments

Take your Child Outside with Lucy and Flint

 TAKE YOUR CHILD OUTSIDE with Lucy and Flint. This is a way of getting parents and grandparents to participate in taking their child outdoors.
We provide a small rucksack containing Lucy the Bird Keeper Fairy and and Flint the Dragonfly…
Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 6, 2013 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Richard Louv Connecting with Kids through Nature Art

"Never before in human history have children lived so remote from nature," said Louv at a Community Action Toward Children's Health event on Saturday at Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts.

"As computers take over more of our lives, it is so important to get kids outside for activity and play where they are engaged and use their imagination.…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on December 13, 2012 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

"A beautiful book that illuminates the crossroads of nature and art"- Richard Louv

"A wonderful toolkit for natural teachers everywhere."

-- Richard Louv, author of "The Nature Principle" and "Last Child in the Woods"

"It begs us to get outdoors"…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 27, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments

Storytime in Nature

front-cover-book

BOOK LAUNCH

I am super excited to announce the launch of my new children's book "Orange Moon and the Grandmother Tree".

I am looking for 5 reviewers to review my picture book which launches on 27th January 2012.

Just answer the question below:

"What was your favourite OUTDOOR activity as a child?"

Book Summary:

Say hello to Orange Moon who, with a full heart and the magic of nature…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on January 9, 2012 at 9:36am — 2 Comments

We Want To Learn Outdoors

we-want-to-learn-outdoors

Last month, whilst back home in Scotland, I heard about a primary teacher from Peebles who was running forest school classes. I was intrigued how she was able to incorporate such classes into the school curriculum and wanted to learn more. Here is my short interview I had with the wonderful and inspiring Annie Edgar. (Later in the week, I was fortunate to visit the forest where Annie holds the classes. I took my niece and nephews with me. We had the most magical time and…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on December 14, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Creativity - Learning Outdoors

"Creativity," says Ken Robinson, "is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status."







Creativity involves putting your imagination to work.



nature-class





Being Creative In Nature - Trees and Leaves



The class… Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 15, 2011 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

Nature Classes-Celebrating the Circle of Life

sign-1

Getting ready for my nature art classes is always very exciting.

marghanita-putting-up-sign

Of course the real magic begins when the children arrive. When children and nature mix, something magical happens.

To celebrate the International Year of the Forest, I decided to hold my nature classes in a forest setting this year.

marghanita-putting-sign-up-

Finally got to hang up the Little Humbugs Forest…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on June 30, 2011 at 9:28am — 3 Comments

UNPLUG AND HEAD OUTDOORS - BE THE REVOLUTION!

kids-play

WANT HAPPY HEALTHY KIDS?

Then UNPLUG and step OUTSIDE  into the REAL WORLD.

IT'S FREE !

And it's waiting for you. Mother Nature wants to share her magic with you.

young-one

It really is that SIMPLE!

This is a video of our first Revolution event-inspiring others to change the way children spend their time.

Join…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on June 14, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

What's Your Childs Favourite Outdoor Activity?

squirrel-fun

LINDSAY LOVES TO CHASE SQUIRRELS.

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of sharing time outdoors with a class from Peachland Elementary. I was visiting the school to help promote the "Let's Go Outside Revolution". Schools and teachers can play a big part in helping children connect with nature. Here are just a few of the topics we will cover for the video series.

  • Bringing nature to the classroom.
  • Green your schoolyard - start a vegetable…
Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on May 31, 2011 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Lets Go Outside Revolution...Getting Kids Outdoors!

banners

Last night I was up late making banners and cutting strips of material for a cause I hold dear to my heart. Getting Kids Outside!

banners-4

Tomorrow is the launch of the "Let's Go Outside" Revolution, a non-profit organization with a mission to actively engage children with nature. (Revolution Website launches 29th April).

The Let’s Go Outside Revolution is about growing a generation of happy…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on April 14, 2011 at 12:07pm — 2 Comments

Let's Walk or Bike to School

Now that Spring is finally here, we try to walk or cycle home from school at least once a week. It takes about an hour – it’s up hill all the way!

magnolia-2

But boy is it worth it…

magnolia-1

I love the simple things in life-like sharing these precious moments with my children in nature- Magical!

sam-bike

(Note: He wears a helmet when cycling!).

school-2

Come on mum!

school-1

Half way view.…

need-for-drink

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on April 6, 2011 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

What Is More Important?

new-home-2

It’s the second week of our Spring Break. Even though the kids are on holiday, like so many mums, I still have to juggle work – illustrations to be completed, orders to be dispatched, a laundry pile to be tackled, emails to be sent and phone calls to be made.

As I sat in front of my computer replying to emails, Sam appeared, his face beaming with excitement. “Check out this squirrel mum, it came right up to me while I was on the deck”.

squirrel-standing

The…

Continue

Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 30, 2011 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

C&NN Connect was created to support people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children and nature.

C&NN

Connect with us:

Follow us on Twitter! Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook! Become a fan
Read the C&NN blog Read our blog

Visit the Children & Nature Network Web site for news, resources, network initiatives, and the Movement Map.

© 2014   Created by amy pertschuk.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service