Helping Your Child Succeed -- Naturally
A number of LCA faculty were lucky enough to get to hear Richard Louv speak when he came to town. Louv’s national bestseller, Last Child in the Woods, introduced people to the idea of Nature-Deficit Disorder in 2005. In this work, Louv brought together many sources that indicate that most children today (and adults, for that matter) are suffering from a lack of exposure to nature in their everyday lives. There have been many studies that show increases in both psychological and physical health associated with time spent in natural settings. Being outside in natural settings can lower stress, increase attention and focus, exercise multiple senses, and stimulate many diverse areas of the brain. All of these things lead to better learning as well as happier, healthier people, so it seems like a logical cause for educators to take up.
By Amanda Proietti,
At our opening school ceremony this year, I urged students in grades 4-12 to spend time in silence every day. With the presence of music and news or audiobooks streaming through our ipods and phones and computers, and music in supermarkets, elevators, waiting rooms, and while on hold, we have to work hard to find silence. Few of us succeed. And I worry about the implications of that.