“This we know: All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life; We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves”. – Chief Seattle
How can our children love and respect and care for the natural world if they are not given the opportunities to discover and experience and fall in love with our beautiful, awe-inspiring Mother Earth.
In our outdoor nature class last week we made spiders using walnut shells, cones and conkers we had kept from Autumn; and used sticks and twine to make our webs.
Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson
We then went on a spider web hunt…
I then invited the children to paint a story about a spider. Each child’s story was unique, yet each individual story had compassion, love and friendship interwoven into their beautiful painted story.
To listen to the children tell their spider stories gifted more than I could possibly put into words. It is the children’s love and wonder that makes me cry both tears of joy and sadness. The sadness comes from the thought of so many beautiful little soulful children who are not given the opportunities to run wild and free; to smell the wildflowers, run barefoot and dance with the butterflies; or simply just to wonder at the spider and it’s web.
Nature and Art are part of who and what we are
This passion to reconnect children (and adults) with our Mother Earth burns deep within me and I dedicate my life to this sacred work.
Our children are the caretakers of tomorrow
If you would like to learn more about Educating the Heart with Nature art please click on the link: NATURE ART PROGRAM
We would love you to join us at Educating the Heart in person or online.
With love and gratitude Marghanita x