Many, many years ago, I was introduced to two wonderful women, Diane Gordon and Joann Lundgren. They had created a presentation that they shared with as many preschool teachers and parents as they could, addressing the deep importance of connecting children to the Natural World. They were informed, warm hearted and it was a joy to read of their findings and to hear what they were sharing. They liked me because I was doing with children what they were speaking about. A beautiful and supportive collaboration began and a way of sharing the Natural World with more families found new beginnings as well. They invited me to share at many events, yet I was young at this endeavour of public speaking and knew more about just being with children than sharing with adults why it was so important.
After a time, the question was given to me, “If you had only three points to share with families with regard to how to bring Nature more deeply into their everyday lives, what would they be?” Through much thought and contemplation, I found three foundational points that would support anyone with this desire. And not only did I begin sharing these at many of the conferences, keynotes, colleges, universities, preschool parent meetings and teachers-in-training workshops that I was invited to, but to this day I still utilize these points in my daily life!
- Welcoming: How do you welcome the natural world into your daily life/into the lives of your children?
- Attitude: Where is your attitude of gratitude, even for those moments/days that are less than optimal?
- Fostering the inherent nature of the young child (and humans): Awe, Wonder, Imagination, Curiosity and Play.
On my blog, I have begun sharing family games and activities that use these foundational points, and you can read about the first one now!