Research-based information on Wild Nature Play for parents, educators, and caregivers of youth
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What I am Currently Studying (Winter 2020/2021)
In The Gardener and the Carpenter, pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar 21st-century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong - it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for kids and parents, too.
A thought leader in nature connection, David Sobel writes a critique of the hands-off philosophy that some many nature centers and open spaces have adapted. He states, "I believe that the imaginative, constructive practice of fort building actually fosters the sense of connectedness that land trusts want to cultivate in young people."
In a culture where gun violence is so prevalent, it is right to be concerned and observant about aggressive behavior in children. However guns, violence, and the use of weapons is present in children's lives through many mediums. The need for expression and processing of these inputs with a caring mentor is important. This article takes a look at some of the positives provided in "war play."
From the author of Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv brings a book that looks deeper at the human-animal connection. "Our Wild Calling explores these powerful and mysterious bonds and how they can transform our mental, physical, and spiritual lives, serve as an antidote to the growing epidemic of human loneliness, and help us tap into the empathy required to preserve life on Earth."
The Invention of Nature (book)
The Invention of Nature is a highly entertaining non-fiction account of the brilliant but utterly forgotten Alexander von Humboldt. His contributions to our understanding of the natural world are extraordinary.
I-Minds has a balanced view on technology as a useful tool that requires a need to be considerate as to how we use its power. A big theme through the book is integration vs. interference. Dr. Swingle is an entertaining writer with a lot of experience in both education and brain development. She comes with interesting research mixed with practical solutions to the over consumption of imedia.
More to come
Websites and Organizations
White Pine Wilderness Academy (Indianapolis, IN)
WPWA is where I began my journey in primitive skills and nature as teacher. They are an excellent resources with both adult and youth programs. Don't live in the area? Check out their site for deep philosophy and methodology.
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