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          Nature and the Child

The natural world is our teacher and gives us sustenance, strength and inspiration. A more stimulating environment for the development of the mind, body, and spirit doesn’t exist.

Nature and the outdoors need to play a greater role in the health and education of our children. Children need to understand and experience our connectedness to nature and interconnectedness with all of life.

They need to know where our food comes from and that plants are alive. This should begin at home and in early childhood programs.

Regenerative environmental education is designed to encourage self-discovery and the sharing of individual perceptions in order to broaden views and knowledge of nature, community, and ourselves.

Having a healthy life means nurturing active minds and optimistic spirits, feeling good about ourselves and being the best person we can be.

Outdoor classrooms and organic gardening programs are a hopeful approach to local concerns.

Learning by Doing   “For the child, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. It is more important to pave the way for a child to want to know, than to put him on a diet of facts that he is not ready to assimilate.”    Rachel Carson – Author of “Silent Spring” and a founder of the modern environmental movement.

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Pepper

      Black pepper is a flowering vine cultivated for its peppercorns. The mature fruit is dark red, containing a single seed (like all drupes.)   Peppercorns may be described as black, green, or white.       Vietnam is the world's largest producer and exporter of...

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Salt

                                Saltflat in Bolivia- " The Border between heaven and earth."      Humans need dietary salt in order to survive. The production of sea salt has been dated all the way back to prehistoric time. The most convincing fact that salt is...

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Diatomaceous Earth

         Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a fine powder made from fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic animals called diatoms, whose skeletons are made of silica. Silica builds hair, skin and nails. DE has a negative ionic charge and is a very hard substance. The...

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Giant Geode

   One of the largest geodes in the world, the Pulpí geode, was discovered in 1999. It is deep within a mine in Spain. It is a hollow, egg-shaped object, like those in rock shops. But it’s 36 feet wide, like a room with crystal-paneled walls. Individual...

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Red Spider Lily

    The red spider lily, red magic lily, or equinox flower, is in the amaryllis family. It is originally from China, Korea, and Nepal. It flowers in late summer or autumn, often in response to heavy rainfall. The common name hurricane lily refers to...

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Milkweed

    Milkweeds are perennial plants growing each spring from rootstock and seeds rather than seeds alone. Habitat destruction has reduced their range and numbers. Monarch butterfly larvae appear to feed exclusively on milkweeds.     There...

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Keep your heart smiling,

your soul shining,

and your spirit filled with passion!

If you think positive,

sound becomes music,

movement becomes dance,

smile becomes laughter,

mind becomes meditation,

and life becomes a celebration!

– Susan Dean 2019