Today I collaborated with ArchiSmart, we created a workshop in nature. The children created architectural structures while learning about the earth's resources. Then I read my book "Mamma's Planet Earth" . This not only ties in literacy it also helps them to better connect them to their sense of place. Afterwards the children and adults laid down as I sang songs of the earth and brought them through a guiding meditation. Being in nature helps children to better connect with all things. Here is a quote that reminds me of this:
"In talking to children the old Lakota would place a hand on the ground and explain: 'We sit in the lap of our mother, from her we and all living things come, we shall soon pass but the place where we now rest will last forever' so we too learned to sit and lie down on the ground and become conscious of life about us in it multitude of forms." (Gottlieb, 2003).
Later we had the children reflect their experience through art. I feel taping into ones creative sources is vital as it teaches children to better listen to their intuition and ideas. I really enjoy working with children in nature I look forward to creating and co-creating more events to allow children the space to honor, take care of and protect mother earth.
Thought of day: May all creatures learn and remember that we are all part of creation.
Gottlieb, R. S. (2003). Tradition: ethical roots of spiritual social activism. In Liberating faith: Religious voices for justice, peace, and ecological wisdom (p. 30). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.