Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend | Daniel Crockett

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend | Daniel Crockett



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'Something is amiss and we can't quite put our finger on what. It seems that the further our society progresses,


the more disenfranchised we feel. The hyper-connectivity of social media (which has its own potential) leaves us cold and over-informed, saturated with unwanted information and more aware than ever of the injustices of the world. It seems that the more virtually connected we get, the more disconnected we become, both from each other but also from our communities. I believe that a necessary backlash to this trend is a large-scale reconnection with nature that has the ability to transcend previous environmental movements and reshape our world. Moreover, I believe this undercurrent is gaining momentum and influencing every element of our lives. It's a revolution of belonging.'

Monday, 1 September 2014

Introducing Nature to Visually Impaired Kids | Patricia Evans

Introducing Nature to Visually Impaired Kids | Patricia Evans



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'Children who are visually challenged often develop certain talents only when they are taught to use different sensory modes. With this, a variety of teaching approaches are developed to enhance their learning abilities.......Studies about visual impairment in kids often suggest nature engagement as a helpful strategy in learning development.'









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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development | Toronto Star

Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development | Toronto Star



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“Risk has become a bad word,” he says. “We need to start discussing its benefits. Everything pleasurable in childhood associated with a developmental stage comes with a risk. Learning is associated with risk.”

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Fantastic revamp of playspace at Uniting Care, Grantham Heights, Seven Hills,

 Sydney, New South Wales










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Playspace, After, 2014

Thursday, 31 July 2014

How much independence should children have? - Features - Health & Families - The Independent

How much independence should children have? - Features - Health & Families - The Independent





" In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives, Frank Furedi wrote the seminal 'Paranoid Parenting'. Now, as a mother who let her nine-year-old go to the park alone is jailed for abandonment, he realises that the problem is far worse than even he imagined then."

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills - Fosters

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills - Fosters



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'....... That's when Hanscom noticed children weren't playing outdoors anymore..... Hanscom said playing and moving outdoors is critical to a child's development. Simply playing in the mud and catching frogs, for example, develops strong sensory integration. Rolling down hills or climbing trees develops one's vestibular system. Even something as simple as listening to birds chirping in the distance helps with orienting body space....... It clicked: Children are suffering sensory problems because they aren't outside enough.