Cheers for the welcome message. I'll let C&NN know when Garth and Bev have new children's activites up and also any interesting Nature and Science news we find. Talk to you again soon.
Garth & Bev
Hi Suz, thanks for the welcome. I teach Family & Consumer Science--foods, child development, Housing. I first read "Last Child in the Woods" about 4 years ago. We started a small garden this year and would like to expand in September. I found out I will have a group of 6 autistic students this year. The SpEd director was very excited about the garden. Any tips for special needs kids?
Thank you for the welcome Suz. I read "Last Child in the Woods" a few months ago. Just other day I and was suggesting the topic of children and nature for an educatinal event held by a group I belong to. so I started poking around online. I was delighted to see there is a group that has just recently formed in my area and I have signed up for their communications. I am very much a newbie to this topic but an eager to learn what is happening across the country.
Thank you so much for the compliments. I am working towards a healthier generation of children. My husband sees obese children all day every day at his clinic while I come up with animations about healthy living for the children. Keep an eye out for our new animation, Safari Tartare. It will be up within the next two days.
I am looking forward to communicating with many of your bloggers.
It would be interesting to explore both the historical traditions and future contexts of a flower festival. I would like to develop celebration/affirmation 'festivals' as a way to reconnect people with each other and the environment. Start (September at Clarence House) is a good example of this thinking. www.startuk.org
Hi Suz, I'm looking forward to sharing ideas with everyone and contributing to the network. That May Day image is fantastic, it's obviously time to bring floral wreaths back into circulation. I thought a national flower festival in the UK would be lovely - probably May Day is the right day for it too. My father is 95 and he used to dance around the May Pole about 90 years ago .......dressed in a smock and getting tangled up in ribbons.
Thanks Suz. The teachers newtwork sounds great and I shall definately try to get involved with this.
Not sure why you did not get my original message and wonder if others also had difficulty. I am keen to find out what research and evidence gathering everyone is doing to prove the efficacybeing in the natural world with children. We for example are using standardized sdq andf EL qus with children, parents and teachers pre and post.
My visions is that indoor schools will embrace outr agenda so fully that all children are taught outside as part of everyday curricula. In order to acheive thsi we need to prove ourselves.
Would you be willing to post this on to others to debate?
Graet to meet like minded souls!