CNN: Time in Nature can Spark a Lifetime of Curiosity
Being outdoors helps children develop the curiosity that is the essence of science later in life. This time in nature helps students cultivate their independence, imagination, and sense of wonder, while helping them feel less stressed, and more confident in themselves. That’s why our farming and gardening program, along with outdoor education and play, are core components of Summerfield’s curriculum. For a little peek into our students’ experience outdoors, read Miss Catherine’s Messenger article, Our Rosebud Mornings in the Natural World and Farmer Dan’s November Melodies on Summerfield Farm here.
In her new children’s book “The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World
,” released April 6, she encourages kids to follow her lead into the great outdoors. Time outside, she thinks, helps kindle curiosity that is the essence of science. Temple Grandin’s new book “The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World” helps kids explore the great outdoors. “If you are fascinated by clouds or the spots on a ladybug’s back; if you like to split open rocks and see what’s inside, then you’re already an outdoor scientist,” Grandin wrote. Not enough kids have the opportunities she enjoyed to get dirty, make things and discover their own sense of wonder, she said. “Kids just aren’t outside enough doing it on their own — we need to teach it.”
How getting outside helps children learn
Until recently, the connection between learning and exposure to nature was poorly understood, wrote Ming Kuo, associate professor of natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in a recent review paper
. Everyone thought nature was good for kids, she wrote, but they didn’t have robust research to support the thesis.
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