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Nature and Gifted Children
"Do you remember playing outside? Maybe you remember leaving
home on a summer morning and not returning except for meals and bedtime.
Kids now are much less likely to have such a personal connection with
nature. Yet many reasons exist why a connection to nature is crucial
for children: Physical development, Cognitive development, Social
development, Green development, Spiritual development..." Judy Molland,
Get Out!: 150 Easy Ways for Kids & Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a
Art of Roughhousing
by Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen
Everywhere you look, physical play—what some might call “roughhousing”—is being
marginalized. Gym classes are getting shorter. Recess periods are being
eliminated. Some new schools don’t even have playgrounds. Is it any wonder
children retreat to “virtual horseplay” via video games? The authors here
to shake things up—literally! With The Art of Roughhousing, they show how
rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems,
boost confidence, and more...
The sport for gifted kids of all ages
in Hoagies' Gifted: Geocaching!
- By popular demand, the sport that is sweeping the World! Get outside
and learn the basics, create your own caches, study geography with trackable
geocoins, and more... Read
101: How to find your first cache and get started today!
Go out and play. Go Geocaching!
in Hoagies' Nibbles & Bits
- Growing up in the 60s and 70s, we kids heard that all the time. "Go out
and play!" Research shows that nature is good for us. But how do I get my
kids outside into Nature? Here's a game that's nerdy enough to appeal to
gifted kids of all ages: Geocaching!......
Out!: 150 Easy Ways for Kids & Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a
by Judy Molland
- Want to learn more about nature? Experience the world in new ways? Go
green and make the world a better place? Want the same things for the kids
in your life? Get Out! is chock full of ideas to help families,
classroom teachers and group leaders achieve these goals and more!
& Nature Network’s Research and Studies
- Children are smarter, cooperative, happier and healthier when they have
frequent and varied opportunities for free and unstructured play in the
outdoors. Here's the research to support those claims, including Faber
Taylor and Kuo's important research to the understanding of the impact of
nature on people's lives, and specifically to the well-being of children...
children lost the right to roam in four generations by David Derbyshire
- In four generations, children's unsupervised roaming has gone from 6 miles
to 300 yards. But with ample research showing stress, depression and anxiety
are reduced and mental health improved with time spent in nature, what does
this lack of exposure mean to our kids? ...
Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by
Today's kids are increasingly disconnected from the natural world, says Louv (Childhood's
Future; Fatherlove; etc.), even as research shows that "thoughtful
exposure of youngsters to nature can... be a powerful form of therapy for
attention-deficit disorder and other maladies." Instead of passing summer months
hiking, swimming and telling stories around the campfire, children these days
are more likely to attend computer camps or weight-loss camps: as a result,
they've come to think of nature as more of an abstraction than a reality...
March 04, 2019