This pathway, which involves learning through nature, integrates all of the other pathways for whole learning. In developing this pathway, I was inspired by Howard Gardner’s concept of naturalist intelligence. My naturalist pathway taps in to my principles of nature’s intelligence. Your child has a natural curiosity and sensitivity to nature that motivates her to connect with the natural world. She likes to play in sand and water and to explore animals, bugs, and plants.
Being in nature can help your child develop respect for herself and others, enhance her creativity, lower her stress levels, provide vitamin D, and support her immune system.
According to research, children who regularly play outdoors are happier, healthier, and stronger. Being in nature can help your child develop respect for herself and others, enhance her creativity, lower her stress levels, provide vitamin D, and support her immune system. A calm state of mind supports her readiness and ability to learn.
Through exposure to the natural world, you can encourage your child’s naturalist tendencies.
You can bring the outdoors indoors by collecting and displaying rocks, building a terrarium or aquarium, reading books about nature, and growing indoor plants. You can enhance the world of nature in your child’s life through small excursions to a park, to your backyard, to a nature center, or to a botanical garden. Bigger excursions may include trips to the beach, picnics, hikes, and camping trips.