‘Kellert (2005) has said that connection to nature is important to children’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development.’
In this article it talks about a group of aboriginal children who went into nature to rediscover and learn a new appreciation for this culture. This was done in part with the process of ‘decolonization and re-membering the traditional ways of knowing.’ In traditional first nation history, nature holds tremendous meaning for them as a people. They think of nature as being a source of healing and life and it is a very important aspect of who they are. In the reading, they talk about rehabilitating the children to nature to bring them closer to their culture and to give them a better understanding of what their culture originally was.
As a future educator I see a lot of importance in teaching about and in nature. I believe that there is much to be learnt about nature and that it can be a very important teaching tool. Nature can be incorporated into every subject in my opinion. In the province of Saskatchewan agriculture and farming play a large role in many people’s day to day lives, it also presents a great opportunity to talk about nature and how it relates to agriculture.