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ERIC Number: EJ1002562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
Inspiring Families to Embrace Children's Daily Connections with Nature
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n207 p100-103 Sep-Oct 2012
In today's world, families are bombarded with messages that tout the "latest and greatest" gadget to buy if they want their children to grow into happy, healthy, productive adults. Parents are overwhelmed with information that persuades them to provide the "right" kind of experience for their children. Even though the benefits of a childhood grounded in a love of the earth far outweigh much of these claims, the value of children's daily connections to nature has yet to become regular primetime news. Early childhood professionals can support parents who are feeling overwhelmed by promoting family lifestyle choices that include frequent interactions with the wonders of nature. They can help parents understand that the best way to protect their environment in the future is to help their children grow up with a love for the earth today. This happens when children make positive, daily connections with the natural world in all parts of their lives. A valuable home-school connection can be fostered if families use ideas in the "Toolkit for Families" while schools implement activities with the same theme.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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