RE-use, RE-duce, RE-cycle – key teachings at Polytot
Today, children’s lives are often disconnected from the natural world, their experiences are predominately mediated in media, written language and visual images. The virtual is replacing the real. TV, nature documentaries, National Geographic and other nature TV channels and environmental fundraising appeals are conditioning children to think that nature is exotic, awe-inspiring and in far, far away, places they will never experience.
Children are losing the understanding that nature exists in their own backyards and neighborhoods, which further disconnects them from knowledge and appreciation of the natural world.
We love learning about nature and planting veggies and flowers outside in our garden! At Polytot we teach about the beauty and importance of the ecosystem with fun activities and lessons. We have our own garden in the back, full of different fruits, veggies, and beautiful flowers. Further, children assist in care of garden, fruits, and chickens!
The loss of children’s outdoor play and contact with the natural world also negatively impacts the growth and development of the whole child and their acquisition of knowledge.
At Polytot we feel that tomorrow’s leaders need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges, and we must adequately prepare our children for the future they will inherit. That requires a commitment to providing children with environmental education.
Reasons why Children Need to Connect with Nature
Being outdoors helps create a sense of wonder in children, which they can carry over to other aspects of their life.
Being out in nature helps children to become more aware. Nature gives children the chance to engage all their senses of perception.
Modern life is too regimented and deprives children of the opportunity of exploring and learning by themselves. In this context, the role of nature to stimulate their curiosity is even more important.
According to educationists, the opportunity to explore nature helps children improve their attention span and learning capacity.
Research has proven that exposure to green outdoor setting helps to reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorders in children.
Outdoor activity offers children the opportunity of fresh air and exercise. Both are important to help children keep physically and mentally fit.
Being in and enjoying nature is an important part of children’s development.
Ecological degradation is an unfortunate reality today. Nurturing a bond between children and nature is important to ensure that the coming generation grows up to value nature.