Did you know the average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens? And only minutes in unstructured play outdoors? Did you know that recent research indicates that lots of time in natural settings seem to lead to enhance cognitive, emotional and social development? … [Read more...] about Nature is a Learning Resource
Here is part three of the how do we help our children be happy, self-directed learners series. How do we transfer the process and ownership of learning to the child? How do we prepare them so they take on managing the aspects of their lives that influence their feeling happy, … [Read more...] about How do you transfer the process and ownership of learning?
What helps us be happy? What factors contribute to a sense of joy and contentment even though we face challenges? What, if anything, can we do to help ourselves and our children be happy? Here is my model for how we can think about how we can help ourselves and our … [Read more...] about What Helps Us Be HAPPY? Make Your HAPPY Action Plan.
How do we help our children be happy, successful, self-directed learners? How do we help them love learning and want to learn all life long? That was the question I wanted to discuss last week at the HSC.org annual conference. And so did other parents, some with toddlers, middles, tweens and … [Read more...] about How do we help our children be happy, successful, self-directed learners?
I just finished reading How to Raise a Wild Child, The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson. It’s a comprehensive book detailing research about why getting out in nature is so important for us, our kids and our earth. Reading the book brought back memories of the … [Read more...] about Review: How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson
Do you ever wonder about happiness? Where can we find it? How we can help our kids be happy? How can we think about happiness that is lasting? Happiness that goes beyond our own family? This was a timely find for me, when I was browsing the new books shelves at my local library. … [Read more...] about Book Review: Sustainable Happiness by Sarah Van Gelder and Yes! Magazine Staff
Breathing in the air and aromas, walking in the footsteps or examining firsthand what I have studied or read about is thrilling. I get goosebumps just remembering the first time I: stood under the towering, majestic Redwoods I’d studied in Botany had a slow meaningful conversation in … [Read more...] about Travel and Learning: 12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks