Hurry up & Wait: Teaching kids to observe in nature

As a parent and caregiver there are some things that never change
...I always find myself telling the kids to pay attention. attention to those toys on the floor...don't trip attention to your food...
...take care...don't step on the crawling baby etc etc your eyes ( even if you are afraid)
try it...
It seems there is always something that needs to be watched, tended to, fears to be conquered. There's curiosity...questions to things to try or taste or touch. With little ones there is so much life in every activity - it's amazing!
We grow and learn with kids in so many ways. One of the things that I see is the need to be reassured and be confident in every area of play. Since we are a nature-based home/program, I like to extend the rules far beyond our walls...far beyond the safety of home.
I must show the kids the beauty of nature, and the outside world without making a big deal about it. I want exploring nature to be an extension of their day, not "the other thing"...
When we are outside I tell them:

...close your eyes your eyes
...look up
...look down
...look under things still and watch still and listen
...breathe in (real deep)
...laugh loud as you want
... just play

These are the rules. There's no punishment for not following the rules, but the reward (when they do) are so gratifying.

What do you think...are you excited for spring?

linking with my town shoot out, country kids


Nicola SeaThreePeeO Carpenter at: March 20, 2015 at 6:12 AM said...

Wonderful post and fantastic pictures.

Tracey S at: March 22, 2015 at 8:19 AM said...

Aww, they look like little explorers, it's great to see little ones enjoying the great outdoors!

Coombe Mill at: March 22, 2015 at 4:51 PM said...

Nature is there to be explored and played with by inquisitive young minds, this is where they learn best, out in the fresh air,looking, listening and learning by doing. Gorgeous photos of your preschool children doing just this. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

pixiedusk at: March 23, 2015 at 2:53 PM said...

We are excited for spring as the things that we need to do is endless!

I always tell my son to pay attention too but his mind seems to always wander around! He just loves to explore his environment and love little details so sometimes he doesnt pay attention even when I tell him to pay attention to where he is going =P #countrykids

ann nz at: March 23, 2015 at 5:17 PM said...

kids are so cute, especially in that double carrier.

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