A great post from Carrie on the Parenting Passageway on how to spend time with your children outdoors especially during the summer months when school is officially out.
With the publication of such important works as “Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv, hopefully parents everywhere are considering the importance of nature, being in nature, and the foundational learning that occurs from spending time in nature.
I have mentioned many times that I bank on a extraordinary amount of outside time for small children under the age of seven – three to four hours a day is not too much, and some children may need many more hours. Young children need the sensory experiences of being in their bodies: pushing, pulling, tugging, lugging, digging, moving, rolling in order to establish the fundamental bodily senses as a proper foundation for later academic experiences.
If being outside is new to you or you need some ideas about what to do outside, here is a very, very popular post regarding connecting your child…
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