Some great points to remember!

Seattle Lifelong Learner

  “What do you think that bird is saying?” asked a mother of her little girl in the park on Saturday. I didn’t hear  the answer, drowned out by a roar from a nearby baseball field.  But it reminded me of  a discussion I had awhile back with Dr. John Haskin, Director of  Education at IslandWood, the outdoor learning center on Bainbridge Island, Wash.  

“For young children, particularly ages 3 to 5, being and learning in the outdoors has some powerful advantages over the classroom,” Haskin told me. The rich sensory space of nature, the opportunity to move about and explore, and a child’s natural curiosity in the outdoors: combine these and learning and brain development are enhanced. “It’s not about turning children into environmentalists,” said Haskin. “It’s about using the outdoors to engage all parts of the brain for an immediate impact on its development.”

With the days getting longer and warmer, I…

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