Community around the Backyard Campfire

Backyard sleepovers with my nephew are becoming a tradition. Once a term, we pitch a tent in the backyard, cook outdoors, have an outdoor bath, make pancakes for breakfast and work on the treehouse. The highlights of our most recent camp-out were playtime, dinner and interaction with the neighbours. This experience really pulled us into…

Children can be risk assessors too…

‘Be Careful’ is a phrase that has become all too common in parent-child relationships. Of course we want our children to be safe, to not get hurt and ensure that the decision that they are making are thought through, considered and well executed. However we cripple children’s ability to self monitor and assess risk for…

The value of Self, Environment and Community

The three-way relationship between self, environment and community is recognised and celebrated here at Educated by Nature. The combination of these three forces is essential in the development of resilient, healthy and happy community members. The books, Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators (David Sobel), Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (Jon Young), and…

Deep Nature Connection

“The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky.” Rachel Carson Nature is all around us, whether we live in an urban place or the wide-open space of a country farm. From the…