The Importance of Nature

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‘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.

 

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