Educating the Heart through Nature Art is a nature-based program designed for Educators wishing to foster love and compassion, creativity and imagination. Nurturing the unique spirit of each child.
Connecting the Child to Mother Earth’s Heart
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- This unique course of 12 online workshops will help you rediscover your own deep-rooted connection with the natural world and reawaken the creative being within.
- It will provide you with a meaningful, actionable nature based art activities to help actively engage your students in nature.
- Through exploration and discovery, these nature-based activities awaken children’s’ senses, minds and hearts and help them to express their feelings, ideas, thoughts and urges. Enabling children to better understand their deep-rooted connection with nature and one another in ways that are fun and encourage them to explore and celebrate their unique sense of creativity.
“Nature itself provides the best university for learning, but our senses must be reawakened first.” – Thom Henley, Rediscovery
“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” Claude Monet
This 12 chapter course provides solutions for Educators, Parents and Organizations wishing to rediscover the joys of teaching and reconnect children with the natural world.
Chapter One: A Journey of Rediscovery – Nature is the Best Teacher
An introduction to the concepts behind the classes of the program.
Chapter Two: Rediscovering our connection
Instructors and students are introduced exercises to expand the creative mind by letting go of creative restrictions and embedded thought patterns.
Chapter Three – Why Nature Art
Chapter Four – Connecting to Nature through the Senses.
Exploring all the senses through the four earth elements and connecting through sensory play.
Chapter Five: The Whole Child, Play,
Exploring the interconnectedness of all things. Nurturing the connection between body, mind and spirit by engaging wonder, mindfulness and free, unstructured play.
Chapter Six: Creative Spaces – Outdoor Classroom, Hearth & Homes
The natural environment becomes a personal space. Children relax in and feel a sense of responsibility for the space they have created. Child led.
Chapter Seven: The Magic of Gardening, Flowers and Land Art
The wonder of planting a seeds and making a garden space. Children gain the confidence to tackle big projects and work collaboratively as each child contributes to the whole.
Chapter Eight: Creativity and Nature in Art:
Finding inspiration in nature. Using natural objects found in nature to create art. Introducing famous artists and their work inspired by nature.
Chapter Nine: Storytelling and Creating Stories
Reading outdoors in the fresh air surrounded by nature offers a great multi-sensory, reading environment. Creating our own stories and understanding concepts through nature stories.
Chapter Ten: Nature Cultivates Gratitude
A celebration of life helps establish an attitude of gratitude. Connecting to Mother Nature’s heart and nurturing respect and a positive and peaceful outlook.
Chapter Eleven: Trees and Stick Play
Spending time with trees and exploring who make homes in trees, and discovering all they provide. The mighty stick and best toy ever! Making creative, colorful dragonflies and snakes, bows and arrows, a world of creative play with sticks of all shapes, types and sizes.
Chapter Twelve: Music, Dance and Yoga
Exploration of sound and movement in nature, through making sound and finding sound in nature. Connecting to yoga poses and exploring music and movement.
- Over the course of the program, you will create your very own, unique “Educating the Heart” Folder/Book. An ever-evolving book where you add a new chapter every month. Each month you will receive a new chapter in PDF format and a workshop video to watch. This unique program is based on the highly successful early childhood educators workshop material.
What others are saying about the Program
“Educating the Heart Through Nature Art is a wonderfully inspiring and creative on-line course.”
Shannon Carnegie, Preschool Owner, USA
“The readings are inspirational, the practical ideas are great and I love the videos.”
Cheryl, ECE New Zealand
I absolutely loved Marghanita’s workshop! Her vision of connecting children to their natural environment through art and personal expression was clear and inspiring. Simple, creative, and engaging!
Julie Sweetnam, ECE, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
“Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses”
Richard Louv –Last Child in the Woods
All children are beautiful, unique, spirited beings full of love, light and wonder and need time in nature to express themselves freely and creatively. This simple, creative, nourishing course was designed to help you nurture a deep love and appreciation for natural world through art.
Teaching with love and compassion enables the educator to deliver lessons with much greater depth and meaning.
- The first two chapters of this course focus on you. Rediscover the child within you and your own creativity. Nurturing your love and passions and creativity. And thus obtain the essential ingredients for teaching from the heart.
- There will also be a live webinar offered every quarter where you can connect with the author, ask questions and meet other people on a similar path, to share ideas and discuss the program.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”- Aristotle
“Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life.” – R Search
My hope is that this 12 chapter program will inspire you to nurture in each child, a healthy harmonious relationship with all of life. These beautiful nature based art activities connect the child to nature’s rich and diverse beauty and wonder.
The program was designed to accommodate the needs of an international audience of educators. In order to suit the needs of differing curriculum and schedules across many schools, provinces, and countries, the program could not be tied to one specific curriculum. Therefore, the decision made was to leave the content of the program flexible and open to interpretation, allowing each individual educator to infuse the program into their current curriculum as they see fit and in keeping with their school system.