Learning Through Nature

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The moment I hear the word nature; mighty and powerful are the words that come to my mind.

Nature is so vast and diverse that everything seems beyond your control. It makes you realize that something deep and big lies beyond your control and understanding and you just bow down to the extremely powerful entity!

The magic of nature in child’s development:

a. Getting children to nature is the best way of teaching them life skills of respect, humility and power of spontaneity

b. Respect comes out of the way all the elements coexist together accepting each other’s uniqueness and diversity

c.  How much ever you achieve or grow there is still more than you can achieve and that there is still unlimited potential in you that can be explored

d. Nature keeps you grounded in the front of other powerful and mighty sources that exist and inspires you to grow and mature with time

e. Power of spontaneity can help you discover the most beautiful things and experiences which remain with you for a lifetime

f. Nature also teaches you a sense of belonging to self and community

Ways of engaging children in nature play:


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a. Learning can be made fun for children by getting them close to nature

b. It is absolutely not essential for the child to be in closed confines of a classroom to learn new things

c. Different academic concepts of size, dimension, counting, shapes, colour, science can be taught or rather learnt by children experiencing different things in nature

d. When children are given the freedom to explore; they end up learning more than what you can teach them

e. A simple treasure hunt of finding seeds in a garden can teach children many things

f. They not only enjoy the physical activity of running around and develop their gross motor skills but also develop on their cognitive skills

g. They understand where to find seeds, the size and colour, they can feel the texture, know the names of plants, how does the plant grow

h. They can learn various math skills through it like counting seeds, making various shapes out of it etc

i. While learning to do this they also develop their social and emotional skills of sharing and interacting with new friends.

What more would we as educators and you as primary caregivers want? Our children learning and enjoying together in the close proximity of nature.

 

 Invest your precious time with your child in the garden or under the shield of nature next time!

 

You can also read:

Gardening- A Great Way to Enhance Child’s Growth

 

 

Written by:
Sneha Tapadia

23 thoughts on “Learning Through Nature”

  1. Well explained…role of nature in development of the child.Interacting with natural environments allows children to learn by doing and experiment with ideas.

  2. Experiential learning plays a vital role in studies in today’s generation. It is very well explained in the blog how experiencing the nature and learning the different concept develops their social and emotional and also the gross motor skills.

  3. Very informative blog and well explained. Engaging children in nature related activities is a right thought of enhancing their knowledge about our nature. This will surely increase their interest and respect towards nature and ways to protect our environment as well.

  4. Nature study helps teaching children to respect and protect the environment . Very informative blog well explained. Thank you .

  5. Very well explained
    Actually children are very curious by nature they always want to explore something from given things . Nature play plays an important role in child’s gross motor cognitive math & social emotional skills

  6. Children by nature are curious and live to explore. So to take them for a nature walk or make them learn gardening will increase their anxiety to know more. The tips given are really helpful to make our children learn about nature.

    1. Totally agreed to this….
      Nature truly teaches us more than we can know… Children enjoy alot when they are learning it from nature..
      Well written..

  7. Children love to explore new things and nature seems to be very interesting for everybody.Nature related activities will enhance their curiosity & knowledge and will make them positive.Nice tips,Well explained blog

  8. Great write up. Playing in nature becomes very vital for the young as it helps explore their socio emotional boundaries as well as physical. Wonderful tips shared.

  9. Learning is always through exploration and there is nothing more vast than nature to explore. Nature and all the natural beauty and naturally occurring things open up all our five senses and make us feel alive. So for children playing and having fun in nature is one of the most fun ways of exploration and learning.

  10. Nature enhances a sense of peace and often brings out nurturing qualities in children. Interacting with natural environments allows children to learn by doing and experiment with ideas. Its explained really well in this blog.

  11. Absolutely correct way of teaching outside 4 walls of class room..i believe Nature is the best teacher….

  12. The more closer to nature the more children learn. Such an amazing way of teaching through this method. All kind of development can be seen in a child with such kind of learning. Very Nice and interesting blog.

  13. Lovely blog. Nature is so vast and full of life leasons if we pay attention. Great activities sugested for the same for the yoing. Very helpful.

  14. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors. Nature provides countless opportunities for discovery, creativity, problem-solving, and education. Interacting with natural environments allows children to learn by doing and experiment with ideas.

    Let us open the door and let the little stars go out to explore the wonder and awe of the natural world.
    Thank you Jumpstart for this wonderful blog.

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