Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wordless Wednesday
"Children and Nature"...



"Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life."
-Charlotte Mason

(A great article on what has been termed 'Nature Deficit Disorder' in kids is here..... a worthwhile read, especially for parents and educators. For more Wordless Wednesdays, go here.)

25 comments:

Quiet Mom said...

Great photo! Happy WW!

Wesley Jeanne said...

That term comes from Richard Louv's book, "The Last Child in the Woods" which I am reading right now. Very intriguing!
Of course, I imagine many of the folks reading it already think (as you and I do) that kids should be out there.

Great photo and thanks for the link to the article!

bluemountainmama said...

wesley jeanne- yes, that's an upcoming read for me. so very important.....

DanaB said...

Coolie picture!

Amen to kids needing nature--I'm one of those that thinks ALL folks need time with nature.

Twas a good book,lots of good points...I hope more folks out there read it, especially those that need it lol.

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Anna said...

Hey there! I am so glad that you got to see your sis! I know that it was a great time! I miss her...I was used to seeing her every couple of weeks!

I love this shot!

ValleyGirl said...

Great picture ~ and a VERY sad article. That is PRECISELY why we've chosen to live out in the middle of nowhere and our kids don't know how to use the computer (they're only 4 and 6, mind you, so it's only a matter of time!), and the only gaming equipment we have is a tempermental original PlayStation with 5 games. But we have a 7-acre yard, bikes, a huge sandbox, a small play structure with swings and a slide, and when the snow melts, we have puddles like you would not believe!

bluemountainmama said...

valleygirl- what you describe is paradise in a child's eyes. i was raised in a similar fashion and am trying to raise my son the same way.

Becca said...

I love your posts with poetry. I tried my hand at it with my WW today.

L.L. Barkat said...

Love that quote. I definitely got in touch with nature as a child and that love has followed me through life.

simplybrandy said...

I've got Last Child in the Woods on my to-read list. When I worked as an environmental educator, there were a certain number of kids who were not even aware of what a clover blossom was. I was glad to be able to spread excitement for the outdoors to them. My time in the woods as a child has forever impacted my life. :-)

elementary historyteacher said...

I lived outdoors when I was younger. Many of my students never go outside except for recess. Even then they tell us they are bored and want to go back in. My team has to actually suggest they go looking for leaves, bugs, etc. We even had to teach the group last year how to play kickball. Imagine!

June said...

So true. There was just a story on our news about autistic children getting to surf. It was such a win-win for everyone involved. What a pity so many children's outside play has become so limited.

Suzie said...

I love bugs. My kids however do not. Go figure

Jenty said...

That is SUCH a cool pic! Love it!

jams o donnell said...

Great shot. I love the Charlotte Mason quote too.

Momma said...

Cool picture!

Yes, I wish my kids had spent more time outdoors. They were born at the beginning of the computer and gaming boom, so they got into that more than playing outdoors. I'm not sure they've ever lain in the grass and watched the shapes in the clouds. Sad, really.

Happy WW, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Peace - D

photowannabe said...

Fascinating, I like the title of the article. Its really true, so many kids have no idea how wonderful God's world really is.

Friendly nextdoor guy said...

nice blog

kirsten said...

get outside & play!!

i love that you're one of those hip mamas who plays out of doors with your child. there's endless fascination to be found ...

;o)

colleen said...

My bumper sticker idea: Recess instead of Ritalin.

bluemountainmama said...

i want that bumper sticker, colleen!!

Moi said...

i agree, Blue!!! and what a sweet image :)

Kerri said...

Oh this is WONDERFUL!! It's never too late to get outside and enjoy nature! I was a Coach Potato the first 40 years of my life. I have spent more time outside in the past 9 months that I have in my first 40 years. And I hope to continue!

Terri said...

The book that Wesley Jeanne mentioned, Last Child in the Woods, is a great read.

And the picture of your son with the walking stick reminds me of the time I freaked the first time I saw a walking when I was a child. I beat it to death with a stick then felt immensely remorseful after the fact for killing one of God's creatures just because I was scared of it.

bluemountainmama said...

terri- i've killed my share of creep-crawlie critters, too. but walking sticks and praying mantis' have always fascinated me. they were abundant on our farm in KY when i was growing up. until we moved to this area recently, i hadn't seen them since childhood.