sticks in the dirt , creating fairy perfumes from ﬂowers and building bush cubbies? These are some of the experiences we had as children that connected us with the natural environment. While they may not be part of our conscious thought as adults, they are signiﬁcant nonetheless in shaping who we are and our values about the natural environment. Direct experiences with the natural environment are important for sensory development. These experiences cannot be described verbally or portrayed by images in picture storybooks or on television and computer screens; they must be explored up close and personal!
- Do not over burden your kid with knowledge at an initiating point. This will do nothing but irritate your kid.
- Try to help him where he feels hindered otherwise let him explore the world on his own.
- Do not be overprotective about your kid. Draw a line between being caring and over caring.
- Let him go out of the way to explore the world. Do not safeguard him so much that you start limiting his desires and capabilities.
- Try to understand the world from a kid's point of view before you start telling all complex things together. It's not a kid who will become mature to understand you, remember you will have to become a kid to understand him.
As educators we have an active and signiﬁcant role to play ensuring children experience connections with the natural environment in meaningful ways — ways that will assist their understanding of connectedness both with and in the natural environment, and ultimately, promote action for sustainability. So when you are looking at Childcare/Daycare/Kinders for your child be sure to ask how they provide these learning experiences for the children in their care.