A NEW NATURE MOVEMENT IN ASIA
“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.”
— Maria Montessori
We believe there is an urgent need to bring a paradigm shift in education, especially in the early years, so that children’s tendencies to explore nature will become the basis of our education system. Our focus should be on nature-play, which has the power to develop a healthy child in terms of physical, psychological, emotional, social, and intellectual terms. Nature-play is not a new discovery when it comes to educating young minds; it’s the only medium used by man throughout history to learn and discover the hidden magic of the universe.
I have observed this in my students. Their senses sharpen dramatically as soon as they are taken outside. Their sense of wonder appears, leading them to investigate like scientists: They discover the laws of nature every day. As they play, their senses alert them to the different sizes, colors, and shapes of rocks. They experience the amazing strength in a piece of rock as compared to a piece of leaf. They discover the law of gravity when they throw one of those rocks and observe the glorious effect it has on water when it lands in a pool. They learn about climate, seasons, weather, and all about botany when they play in seasonal gardens. Ultimately, children understand the whole landscape all by playing in nature.