Nature Immersion as a Self-soothing Therapy

Nature Immersion as a Self-soothing Therapy

When I was a teenager and it felt that the world was crashing down around me, there was a certain beech tree I would climb for solace. In those limbs I felt safe, protected and I could feel myself calm as I lay in its branches. I learned that nature was a source of comfort: […]

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Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum – March 2016

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum – March 2016

By Erin Kenny ©2016 The mild March weather yielded many signs of spring, including dandelion flowers, red huckleberry flowers and salmonberry flowers; cottonwood husks on the ground; babies in the sword fern nests and measurable and remarkable bracken fern growth; new sprouts of miner’s lettuce, sticky wicky and shot weed; and new leaves on the […]

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This is why Finland has the best schools

This is why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.” Following his recommendation, I enrolled my seven-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu. Finland, which is about as far east […]

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