Sunday, 30 June 2019

A Childhood Wild



I love nature. I live it and I breathe it. It calms me, inspires me and reaches deep into my soul. Outdoors is my happy place. With the grass under my feet and the sky overhead. With the sounds of my children's laughter and shrieks of delight when they stumble upon a minibeast they haven't seen before. 'Mum, come and look at this', they cry. Their excitement is catching and soon I am enthralled by a tiny moving creature and wonder at the beauty of nature.


I didn't grow up an observer of nature, although I knew I loved it. Being stuck in a classroom five days a week didn't leave much time for outdoor adventures. However, we did have a large garden with plenty of space to play and we were taken to parks or on outdoor trips often. As time goes on, the more I am captivated by the natural world. The shape of a seed head on an autumn's day and the beauty of a snowflake so intricate and unique in it's design. Anything and everything enchants me and I would love to pass this on to my children.





Never be within doors when you can rightly be without

 Now that I am a mother with four young children, I want to instil a love of the great outdoors in my children. I want to give them the opportunities to learn about and within the natural world around them. I want them to experience the freedom to explore and discover what woods, fields, mountains and beaches have to offer. I want to bring up children who care deeply about the environment and do what they can to protect it. 

As a homeschool family, I take great inspiration from the great educators of the past, such as Charlotte Mason and Maria Montessori, who placed great emphasis on outdoor learning and observation. Charlotte Mason famously prescribed 4-6 hours of daily outdoor time for children and while this is perhaps an unrealistic ideal, it is a great reminder of the importance of outdoor play and education.

"Every child has a natural interest in the living things about him which is the job of his parents to encourage" - Charlotte Mason

"Once get in touch with nature and a habit will be formed which will be a source of delight through life." - Charlotte Mason

"We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it in inexcusable to live in a world so full of marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things." - Charlotte Mason

"The sense of beauty comes from early contact with nature." - Charlotte Mason

"When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength." - Maria Montessori

"The land is where are roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." - Maria Montessori

"There is no description, no image in any book capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them." - Maria Montessori

"A child, more than anyone else, is a spontaneous observer of nature." - Maria Montessori



Reconnect, rediscover, rewild

I am passionate about reconnecting with nature and giving my children the best childhood possible and I believe being in touch with the great outdoors is essential for this. I would like to help and inspire others to do the same which is why I have created a membership group; A Childhood Wild. This group aims to inspire and motivate others to get outdoors, to inform parents of the wonders of the natural world and the vast benefits of getting out in the wild as often as possible. To reconnect with nature in a time when so many seem to have forgotten it. To rediscover the ways of old whether it be foraging for local food or predicting the weather using natural signs. To rewild our children enabling them to have the most beautiful childhood full of the pleasures of paddling in streams and climbing trees.



 


Join your global, green tribe

After struggling for years feeling that I somehow don't belong, my aim is to create my own tribe full of like-minded individuals who share the same desire to create the very best childhood for their children. I seek people who are willing to connect, learn and engage with a global community who share the same values. People who want support and are willing to offer support, working together to make childhood the best that it can be.

What you will get in A CHILDHOOD WILD

Inspiration and Motivation

As a member of A Childhood Wild, you will be constantly inspired to live a green, natural and simple life. You will be encouraged to get outdoors with your family in a way that is doable for you. You will be motivated to make positive changes for you and your family.

Support and Connection

A Childhood Wild will be a supportive community where you will be able to connect with others like you. You will receive support from me and your global tribe. We are all in this together and we will lift each other up!

Education and clarity

Through the monthly topics, you will learn about all kinds of aspects of outdoor play, learning and living. This will empower you with the knowledge to enhance your family life. You will gain the clarity to create the childhood of dreams. 

Respect 

All members of A Childhood Wild are required to respect each others individual beliefs at all times. There will be no shaming or hurtful behaviour. This group is not open to individuals who like to create animosity. It is a safe and peaceful space for everyone who shares the desire to create the best childhood for their children. 





You should join A Childhood Wild if...

You want the inspiration to create more outdoor experiences for your family.

You want the motivation to get outdoors more.

You want to lead a greener, slower and simpler lifestyle.

You want to reconnect with nature.

You want to join a global tribe of like-minded people.

You want outdoor play and learning ideas.

You want support to create the best childhood for your children.

You want to be the parent you dreamed you could be.





How it works

A Childhood Wild will include the following each month:
  • Three videos related to the monthly topic.
  • A support book related to the monthly topic which will contain information, research and exercises to work through to give you an insight into your current situation and the changes you can make.
  • A live Q and A answering any questions you have during the month.
  • Supporting information on the monthly topic which will include links to research and books you may find useful.
  • Bonus guest interviews!
  • Support from me and your global community.

Which topics will be covered?

Here is a list of topics that will be covered over the next six months:

  • September - A Childhood Wild: why outdoor play and learning is important and the benefits of spending time in nature.
  • October - Get kitted out: the equipment and resources you will need to make the most of your outdoor adventures.
  • November - The night sky: the wonders to look out for in the November night sky.
  • December - Risky play: the benefits of risky play and why you should allow your child to take risks.
  • January - Nature journaling: how to nature journal and keep a diary of your outdoor discoveries.
  • February - A woodland connection: How trees and other living things communicate with each other and form networks beneath our feet.
  • March - Green fingers: how to garden with children and start a vegetable patch.

How to join

Registration is now closed! 

Registration is now closed and will open up again on 28th September. It costs just £20 per month and there is no contract so you can cancel at any time! 




About me

I am a homeschooling mum of four children aged between 1 and 9 years old. We live in the south west of England in a little suburban town. We follow the nature curriculum Exploring Nature With Children in our homeschool. You can read more about the curriculum HERE. I run a local nature group for homeschooled children to help foster a love of nature in the next generation. 




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