Nature and Children

We’ve been experiencing a lot of dark, grey, wet and windy days. So no hope of getting out in the garden. It’s frustrating but an inevitable part of this time of year.

We have started feeding the birds again and I have been delighted to find my seven year old son taking an extra interest in them this year. We’ve started doing the  Annual Garden Bird Survey for BirdWatch Ireland. We’ve also been learning about birds in our local ladybird girl guide group (like girl scouts). So I ended up online looking for some resources. It got me thinking about children and nature and our role as adults in passing on the wonders of the nature world to the younger generation.

I’ve decided therefore to look at doing another wordpress blog promoting this idea. I know wordpress isn’t a place children will automatically go to but it is a place where people with all sorts of passions go. So perhaps those of us that are passionate about our kids and about nature can use it as a tool. The site is called naturekids.

I invite you all to check out what is a very fledgling site. I would welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have. My first post is on Garden Birds.

 

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13 thoughts on “Nature and Children

  1. Lori Fontanes

    This is a beautiful idea! And, actually, I think WordPress is a good choice because it’s a more courteous, softer, gentler kind of social network, at least in my experience. 🙂 PS, it is rather amazing that children need to be directed to nature any more. We used to beg our parents to let us stay outside “a little longer”. Those days are, alas, long gone, methinks. Thanks so much for taking on this project!!!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Many thanks for your kind words of support Lori. I think when we were kids nature was something that was easily accessible. These days it has to compete with all the different easily accessible screens.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I will definitely be doing “bee” posts but will probably wait till the spring is back with us for those:)

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  2. Eliza Waters

    That is wonderful. I think it is such a worthy project. Electronics, TV, fear (of ticks, strangers, you name it) and working parents (kids in after school programs) all keep kids from exposure to nature. Have you heard about the book “No Child Left Inside?” It is about how important it is for the future of the planet to get kids to love nature.
    So I applaud your efforts!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Many thanks for your support Eliza. I agree with all you say Eliza. I haven’t come across that book will seach it out – though have similar book called “Last Child in the Wood” by Richard Louv

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  3. Melissa Shaw-Smith

    Karina, Such a great idea! I’m always looking for ways to incorporate the natural world into my son’s schooling. Nowadays in the American school system, teachers are so busy hitting state testing requirements etc that there’s little time to “play” in the natural world. I’m lucky that my son is in a program that looks for alternative ways of learning the basics. Yesterday I went and planted garlic with the kids in their school garden. The kids had so much fun just digging in the soil! I’ve also arranged for a geologist to come and do a show-and-tell with the kids about our local environs to compliment their study of earth science. I’d be happy to share some of this on your new blog. Best of luck with it. Melissa

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Sounds great Melissa. Was thinking it would be great to do guest blogs for both writers and illustrators on the blog and something kids could interact with too, and possibly some kind of weekly challenge idea. All still ideas so welcome any suggestions

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