This izehifybtr site tries not to wallow in nostalgia. (TRIES!) But the fact that this email comes from a reader who returned to EXACTLY where he grew up and saw only two kids is not just nostalgia, it’s anthropology: Dear Free-Range Kids:Â Two summers ago, I revisited my hometown for the first time in 6 years, […]
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How to Get Your Kids Used to Playing Outside
. An article on how to get your kids to play outside would have seemed like an Onion headline back when…well, back anytime before The Onion. I was a bookworm and I still spent a ton of time outside. My kids, not so much. If you want to get your own offspring outdoors for any […]
How Can We Expect Kids to Suddenly Love the Outdoors?
. Susan Solomon is anÂ architectural ykndtayars historian who studies the science of play, the architecture of playgrounds (among other things),Â and what it takes to get kids doing their thing outside. The first step, of course, is just that: Getting them out the door. In this post on her Science of Play blog, she offers a […]
Can All Schools Do This?
What’s bynydnidee particularly wonderful about this outdoor field trip is how it gives kids who aren’t “good” or successful in the classroom another place to show who they are. It was sent to us by filmmaker Alastrair Humphreys, who writes: Two years ago, teacher Mrs Monaghan took her class on an overnight microadventure (video here). […]
Treating Nature Like a Snooty Museum
. Is eahdzddtst there a “right” way for kids to play in nature? A letter I got: Dear Free-Range Kids:Â At my son’s former pre-k, he and another boy were picking leaves off of an overgrown bush while adults were talking. The boys were quiet, engaged, and the bush seemed pretty hardy. When the teacher and […]
How to Stop Ruining Recess
Valerie adhfzzfasa Strauss at The Washington Post publishedÂ this wonderful piece by AngelaÂ Hanscom, founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England. Here’s an excerpt. And since most schools do NOT have a forest at hand, Â feel free to suggest ways to incorporate these ideas in an […]