Tag archives for natural learning

  1. If you had always been free to learn, you would follow your natural tendency to find out as fully as possible about the things that interest you, cars or stars.  We are all born with what they call “love of learning,” but it dives off into an elusive void when we go to school.

    Grace Llewelyn

  2. Little children love the world.  That is why they are so good at learning about it.  For it is love, not tricks and techniques of thought, that lies at the heart of all true learning.  Can we bring ourselves to let children learn and grow through that love?

    John Holt

  3. Magic.

    “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats Spring is a magical time. Life returns after a long sleep. We took a hike on a little-known trail the other day. Our path led us up the side of the mountain and round a bend, right…

  4. We can best help children learn, not by deciding what we think they should learn and thinking of ingenious ways to teach it to them, but by making the world, as far as we can, accessible to them, paying serious attention to what they do, answering their questions — if they have any — and…

    John Holt

  5. 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

  6. Walking

    Quick post on why walking is wonderful.  Worth a few minutes to read. :) I feel that my children (and myself!) are at our best, our most creative, our most curious, our most inspired, after we’ve spent time outside, moving, breathing, walking, working!

  7. Not sorry

    We make it into Yellowstone at least once a week right now.  It requires a lot more effort than in the warmer months, but it is worth it.  From the moment I enter those borders, I am home. (This is Richie, the girls’ hiking mascot.  Every kid should have a mascot, don’t you think?)  :)…

  8. Learning from failure

    View of the Tetons from Sawtell Peak Trail. We were all a little summit hungry after Mt. Washburn. Wildflowers in bloom on Sawtell. So, we attempted another summit.  Longer hike, less elevation gain.  It seemed like a good balance. However, we arrived during what I can only describe as a massive swarm of bees and…

  9. Nurturing constructive boredom: take away the TV for a while

    “Any parent who has punished a child by taking away TV privileges and then watched that child play–slowly at first, then imaginatively, freely–will recognize the connection between time, boredom, and creativity.  ‘There’s something about television–maybe that it provides so much in the way of audio and visual stimulations that children don’t have to generate very…

  10. The technology question

    “Public education is enamored of, even mesmerized by, what might be called silicon faith: a myopic focus on high technology as salvation. …The problem with computers isn’t computers–they’re just tools; the problem is that overdependence on them displaces other sources of education, from the arts to nature.” -Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods By…

  11. It is not the language of painters but the language of nature one should listen to…The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important that the feeling for pictures.

    Vincent Van Gogh

  12. It takes time–loose, unstructured dreamtime–to experience nature in a meaningful way.  Unless parents are vigilant, such time becomes a scarce resource, because time is consumed by multiple invisible forces; because our culture currently places so little value on natural play.

    Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods