"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better"
Before the industrial revolution children would spend many hours connecting with and playing in nature as part of their daily lives or in some privileged cases, indulging in leisure activities.
These days, technology (internet, video games, TV, etc) is the replacement for time, connection and enjoyment outdoors, and it is on the increase.
On the other hand, there are still activities in which children can learn in and from nature: Horticulture, Scouts, Bushcraft, Forest School, Earth education, etc, among others. Some of these can be part of children's curriculum once they start some formal education.
We believe that if parents are aware of the importance of nature in their children development, well being and learning, they will encourage as many learning opportunities outdoors as possible.
Research shows over and over that the benefits of connecting with nature are endless. That it has physical and psychological benefits and that this connection with the natural outdoors gives more purpose and meaning to people's lives.
The disconnection from the natural environment has negative consequences for us but also for the environment.
At Being Free Being Me, we support the forest kindergarten pedagogy based on the Nordic model. We facilitate activities outdoors in nature.
Learning in nature helps to prevent ailments such as obesity, depression, hyperactivity through movement and body oxygenation.
Nature impacts the neurotransmitters, calms the mind and de-stresses the body.