Nature is the Greatest Teacher for Children


Here is a wonderful post from the excellent teacher, Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

Covid-19 has actually made teachers rethink how to best teach young children.  At school, we decided that spending more time outside is better for children.  We teachers all know the benefits of nature, yet the demands of what children need to learn, including providing opportunities for technology, have pushed nature aside over the years.

Not this year!

At last we are back to basics, the root of investigating and discovery. Thank goodness.

The erosion of outdoor play in schools, and also art and music, has been a thorn in my side for decades.  Parents want their child to succeed, and they think computer programs and phonics are the way to go.  They want school to have straight instruction.  The problem is, children need to figure things out on their own, and that happens with teacher and parent support, not direction.

Public schools answer to parents.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if…

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21 thoughts on “Nature is the Greatest Teacher for Children

  1. Thank you for sharing this! It helps encourage me in my little project… since Covid19 I’ve been making artist books for children. Trying to give children fine art in an accessible way via ebooks and print books. I call an artist book a book conceived as an art object and created almost entirely by one artist. I have most of these books of mine available for free on and have been told my work and Storyberries have been good resources for teachers…. I certainly hope so!! Everyone needs the outdoors, art and music…

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