CONNECTING CHILDREN TO NATURE
The Essential Guide for Parents and Teachers
Hello and Welcome to Life Rocks
We provide global interactive science-based education that inspires pre-schoolers to connect to the magic of nature.
My hope is to be a guide and an ally in understanding the challenges we face in an increasingly technological world and how Nature provides the answers to the issues we face.
This is a poignant overview of our modern times, and how they impact childhood development, learning, our connection to nature, connections to each other and how we interact with our world.
It can help teachers, parents and mentors see clearly the issues with increased technology and how we can manage our relationships with technology for better outcomes.
It covers the science on how nature can improve every aspect of physical, emotional, mental and developmental health of both children and adults.
The book is also a guide that provides solutions, tools, and activities that will help teachers, mentors and parents connect the children around them to Nature, through simple and practical means.
We explore how using the scientific lens of observation and study can become a gateway for increased learning, enhanced interactions, and to instil a lifelong passion for Nature and her workings.
At this stage is our development we mostly aim at early learning and how we can connect those generations to Nature. Yet the wisdom applies for all ages and ‘Connecting Children to Nature’ can show anyone, that truly the solutions to our biggest problems in education, childhood and adult development and environment, can be found in developing strong, loving, and wise connections with Nature.
The book shows you how this can be done.
About Asher Cloran
As a child, my fondest memories were exploring in forests, playing in creek beds, finding groves of mushrooms, digging in the dirt, and building houses in trees.
The very first thing I began to collect and even purchase with my own money was crystals, metals and gemstones.
Nowadays, science-based research, exploration and studies of the Natural World, and becoming an expert in the field of learning, has given me the passion for wanting to instil and share those same passions with the younger generation.
I am a strong believer in the way our connections and interactions with Nature as we grow and evolve, will shape our personality, interests, and passions in life.
Not only that, but stunning new findings, show how Nature positively impacts our biology, health of the brain, and health of connections to the World and people around us.
Similarly, research shows a decline in children’s creativity, feeling of connectedness to the natural world and the ability to learn. That decline is directly correlated with the use of technology.
Now, more than ever, I believe in the importance of sharing the gifts of Nature and the love of Nature with the World, especially children.
In the face of the increasing pervasiveness of technology, in and out of the home, for children and adults alike, we must remember our roots are in Nature.
We must care for what is most important. The Earth we live on, the Nature of our humanity, the health and wellbeing of ourselves and our children.
This is why Life Rocks was created - to share a systematic, interactive and playful way of engaging children in learning about and developing a curiosity for the beautiful, rich Natural World.
Not only that, but Life Rocks shares with teachers and parents alike, the ways in which we can grow and expand our own practices, in and out of the classroom that stimulate that learning and curiosity for our children – and ultimately ourselves. As who is usually the biggest inspiration to us – but the younger generations, and their growth!
A series of camps for children, parent and child retreats and teachers' workshops, combine cutting-edge research on how connection to Nature impacts brain development, emotional development, and a sense of belonging, to provide us with solutions and answers on how to practice, demonstrate and make that connection to Nature available – in the classroom, home, and life environment.
This book condenses ideas on nature exposure and earth science learning, as it relates to childhood development and early learning. It is for teachers | parents and is an easy to read, practical guide, that can help shape the way things are done in and out of the classroom. To stimulate the creation of solid foundations for our children’s connection to Nature to encourage it to flourish. All children deserve to have a lifelong, loving and deep connection to the Natural World around them.
The products and experiences that have been designed, are created to include age appropriate learning strategies, that support the Australian Early Learning Framework, and the curriculum for primary schools.
They are interactive, immersive and hands on learning, and most importantly address the many areas of learning that children need, to become developmentally, well-rounded learners – somatic, audio and visual.
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