Modern society takes us away from nature more each day. This is unfortunate for our well being, and much more for our little children. Nowadays many studies show the health benefits of being in the Nature, but what about children development ?
As my point of view Nature is for Human like the Sun is for the day, and the Moon for the night. If there was no Sun there would be no day, or probably we’ll call it differently. The Sun is the essence of the day. And vice versa for the moon and stars for the night. It’s very logical, Nature is the essence of the Human being. Everybody know it, but you know sometimes we forget it…
Our little children need to explore, more then anyone else, their senses and motor skill. I can tell you with a great certitude that nature is the best playground that you can offer to them. Small children are very sensitive with touch and looking of things. Food is one exemple among a thousand. For Rudolf Steiner, artificial stuff drains children vital energy, when nature nourishes them. It is also a place to take care of the living, others, to develop empathy, respect and the sense of wonder.
It could start with very small things, bring some leaves on the way back home. Invite your child to cook with you or to make clay work. I think you understand it, you can let allow your imagination taking over!
Im my next article I will speak about adult-child relationship.
Meanwhile I let you discover Waldorf Education from a Neuroscientific Perspective.
You want to start now ? I understand, I’ve made a Clay tutorial for you.