Tag archives for natural learning in the suburbs

  1. Most parents have an acutely tuned sense of responsibility–to the point where they consider relaxation and leisure, for themselves or their children, a self-indulgent luxury. By taking nature experience out of the leisure column and placing it in the health column, we are more likely to take our children on that hike–more likely to, well,…

    Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods, p. 121

  2. Urban hikes, the (sub)urban unschooler’s dream

    If you live in an urban or suburban area, you may ache for more nature and natural experiences for your children. (My children at Crown Hill Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, tucked away amongst a neighborhood just outside of Denver.) Many cities and urban areas have set aside nature preserves and acreage to remain natural, and…

  3. Best hikes with children

    I know I’ve referenced this book in my post about hiking with kids, but I use this book so often I felt it deserved its own post. Best Hikes with Children in Colorado has been an invaluable tool for us as we have sought to take our children out of the suburbs and explore the…

  4. Rock bugs

    Last week, we were having one of those days.  Everything was frustrating and nothing I had planned for the day was working out. The kids were feeling a little trapped inside.  The youngest was sick and a lot of my attention had been focused on her. I sent the kids outside to get some smooth…

  5. There’s always something out there

    There’s a path behind our neighborhood.  Like many neighborhood paths these days, it cuts through land that’s been scraped for development, and nothing too natural is left.  It’s a nice little path, but there’s so much construction right now that it’s littered with chunks of cement and random wooden posts and wire.  Plus, right now,…

  6. They come alive when they’re outside

    One of the most important things I’ve felt since we being unschooling is that I want my children to have a life full of nature.  I want them to learn as naturally as possible. One problem.  We live smack dab in the middle of suburbia.  And though I hope and pray that someday that will…

  7. Baby birds

    We went to an open, grassy space a while back and just spent the day.  I sat on the grass with the baby and let them explore. My little 4-year-old is fascinated with birds.  She found a tree with a nest and some baby birds that were getting able to hop in and out of…