Helping children to understand and care for their natural world is a critical part of healthy development. Now is the time to embrace a nature-based philosophy and curriculum for early learning.
Michelle Fox has felt at home in nature for as long as she can remember. “For the longest time my goal has been to live on a river in the woods,” she says. She’s living that dream now as the
I used to blame it on the baby. Without fail, our family would be frolicking about some delightful landscape—say, a pebbly ocean shore or an old-growth forest—and I would be the one to lag behind, tending to the smallest child.
We gripped each carefully selected stone in our sweaty little palms, eagerly watching as our mother swept the rich earth with an evergreen bough. Soon she had created a smooth, blank canvas, right there in the dirt of our campsite.