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1. The Outdoors-An Integral Part of Abundant Life

Angela Boothby

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  • June 12, 2016
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Her father how they were so thankful that given the book of nature and know. That pretty soon you put your head to. The with. So this was from years ago. Thank you very much. A couple more things I grew up in the small town called Goebbels Michigan a little farming town I grew up on a farm kind of the ideal childhood and the fact that I grew up on a farm here and my uncle aunt won a farm here my grandparents were on a farm here and my grandparents have three hundred acres we have almost one hundred in my Uncle rent so it was pretty awesome childhood growing up and so I think that's where the love of nature definitely started I went to as education all the way from Graves was homeschooled Kennicott in first grade. My mom is the elementary school teacher at Goebbels junior academy and then I went to goals from second grade to tenth grade and then I came here to claw for eleventh and twelfth grade I went to his university my freshman year I went to New Ball college in England my second year my mum is from Australia and she had gone to new gold in my grandad economy will so I wanted to go to New World and then I went down to southwestern Adventist University down in Texas and that is where I graduated with a B.S. in elementary education and a double minor in religion and psychology. And then I've been teaching in Holland for three years and during the summers I worked on my masters and I have an incredible master and outer education and I was really shocked by the response I would get from people when they were out here you get the masses when you get in the masses and I say out to education. Oh. Like I really like Oscar they were not I repressed. At all with the fact that I had a master's in outer education that meant nothing to anybody and they would come as nice hug me and I was like I don't know what the book I'm going to say as you cases because we should all be getting that master's degrees and outer education and I love my master's program and sounds like you know what Lord people need to know about this degree and so for three summers I went down the southern Adventist University Southern out of it is the one that offers two masters degree outdoor leadership and outdoor education and because I'm a school teacher I did out education one and it honestly completely changed my worldview and it changed the way I had a deeper commitment with the Lord and it changed the way I taught in my classroom every year I I feel like I became a better teacher because of my master's degree and so honestly what this is is this is a newbie teacher where the passion for our education with a passion for connecting our children people with their creator and. But I knew be so I pray that the Lord blesses you guys and I am in no means an expert but I am learning just like you so let's start with prayer and we will begin the a lot I hate you so much for the incredible ways that you work through us and I thank you so much for Adventists education I think you for the way as Guy me to this point and it continues to guide me and I think you for everyone that is interested in learning about you through nature and I as they open up our hearts and their minds to what you want us to learn today you need them. So linking children with nature this is a vital connection. With the quote from the book Education Page twenty the system of education instituted at the beginning of the world with to be a model for me and throughout all after time as an illustration of its principle. A Model School of the stablish in Eden the home of our first parents the Garden of Eden was the school room nature was the lesson book The Creator Himself was the instructor and the parent of a human family where the student now I had to read the book education and college and I don't know how I missed these pages or how I missed all these different experts about the fact that we're supposed to be engaging our children and nature and not just leaving them and the regular classroom with four walls behind the desk and I don't know how I missed it I'm not blaming my teachers I am not blaming the Aves education system I love it dearly but somehow I think in general we are missing the boat. Our students need to be outdoors our students need to be in the Garden of Eden and yes it's marred by Sen But that's also what we need to be teaching them as the fact that we live and a fallen world and that we are created and we have something bigger to live for and so I don't know how I missed it and I pray that as a group we will start a movement that will get out and is education fact check so let me start really quick so I can understand my audience how many. Teachers do I have in the room. OK How many parents do I have in the room. And how many homeschoolers do I have. K. how many out there enthusiastic I have everybody should. Or want to be out. Of a school teaches is that any. And then did I miss anything adventures great adventures past find. Friends to. Create So a lot of my information. I don't know have any of you guys heard of Richard Lugar. OK this will change your life get ready for homework I write for my masters program we had to do research naturally right and the two books that we did quite a best study is in is written by Richard Lugar and the last child in the woods and the Nature Principle. Last Child in the woods and the Nature Principle if you're intimidated by big read it's because I know this looks quite sick. And some of it is a little bit tough but honestly it's really an easy read it's not that hard and you can my friend of mine does it with books on tape and while he drives he listens to it so these days you can download audio just as easy as you can buy a book but I found these on Amazon right so sad to say is really going to talk to me but I had my books all highlighted from my master's program and I couldn't find them anywhere I was like those I still don't like Laura how do I like really remember everything because I have read these like three years ago. So I just bought them off Amazon so I now know the price you can get this one for fifty cents and then it's three dollars for shipping handling so seriously for a five dollars this one a little bit more than is almost seven so three dollars and then four dollars for shipping handling so really cheap but if you don't want to get both this is a must have last child in the woods is a must read if you're trying to decide which one because I know that you're busy moms busy busy people are all very sadly very busy last child the weather is the one you don't want to not read this one is well worth your time Last Child in the woods Richard Lou. L O U V So I'll just pass it around. And then you guys can. See it and switch it around so he turned a coin called the nature deficit disorder this describes the human cost. From Nature and then the. Effects of this disease would be diminished use of the senses attention difficulties higher rate of physical and emotional illness this disorder came be detected in individuals families and communities. So by waiting the consequences of this disorder we also can become more aware of how blessed our children can be biologically Connecticut cognitively and spiritually through positive physical connection to nature so he turned to coin called vitamin A and we believe in giving our kids vitamin C. we believe in vitamin D. or vitamin E. A vitamin B twelve but what about vitamin and nature so this is the disconnect this is a study and that book released in two thousand and five in two thousand and six nearly one third of children from six months to six years of age live and households where the T.V. was on all or most of the time. That's really sad children between the ages of eight to eighteen years old spend an average of nearly six point five hours a day plugged in electronically that doesn't just mean a T.V. that doesn't just mean a computer that means you know moms are i Pods when our studio on our kiddos are a little bit. Stand out so we pass our phones over so they can play games anything electronically six point five hours a day that's forty five hours a week that's more than one considered an adult work week that our children are electronically plugged in I don't know if you guys heard the coined the term screen time that might be a way to say this by the electronically plugged in screen time which means they're in front of any kind of screen a T.V. and i Pad enjoyed and i Phone just some way plugged in. So this is the this is the problem we're living in a virtual age and this is the disconnect from nature so five reasons why we need to make a strong connection with our children in nature this is in no way an exhaustive study there is so much in the book I feel like I'm scratching the surface but I'm hoping it will inspire you that is the point of this first day and then after this and with the inspiration I think we then need practical ideas because I'm so excited about it now what do I do so the rest of the rest of the days will be spent what can we do but today is just a brief let's be inspired about what is right here at our fingertips so my reasons academically physical health emotional wellbeing creativity and spiritually. The paper that's going around you can write your name in your email address and I'm more than willing. You know you this Power Point on this is the pop point that I had to make for my master's program and it's also something that I've added to over time. It pretty much all came from those two books and other research things but I'm fine if you guys you want to present this with other people who. Write and the pictures are my students so they're pretty cute. And things that we have done with together you will see your son in here. And it's my favorite picture I hope you like it right so the first me that we're going to talk about is academically. I'm sure something that you guys have heard of quite commonly nearly eight million children in the US suffer from mental disorders and A.D.H. He is one of the most prevalent ones a develop see for the age of seven. I just recently heard in the someone knows exactly the correct me but I think I heard I was even legal and France to have your child watched T.V. before the age of three or to two or three that is legal that's not a credible honestly I honestly America's behind the boat Europe is already on this they have these things called Kindergarten for schools Sweden and Norway are really on top of it America is starting to catch up Oregon has a nice kindergarten for school but America is now behind the times so he develops before age seven yes. You know under the age she sets to repeat that she said under the age of two she went to whole college and they said that they should not be watching any kind of T.V. no screen time so no i Pod No i Pad No T.V. no computer under the age of two should not be in front of screens it's easy diagnosed between the ages of eight to ten. And sadly it's very much over diagnosed and our world some of the and form public tends to believe that poor parenting and other social factors produce the amateur behavior associated with eighty H.T. but eighty she is now considered by many researchers to be an organic disorder associated with differences in the brain morphology of children and I will go into that more. Each hour F.T.V. watch per day by preschool it increases by ten percent the likelihood that they will develop concentration problems and other symptoms of attention deficit or is by age seven increases by ten percent. As recently as the one nine hundred fifty S. most families still has some kind of agricultural connection medications in the cause of the still very much in dispute but as of now T.V. is the culprit and what they're blaming most of A.T.T. on televisions are only a part of the larger environmental culture change now in our lifetime namely the rapid move from a rural culture I'm sure many of you grew up in some kind of rule background or at least in touch with nature maybe it was simply the baseball sandlot down in town there was some connection now or in a completely highly urbanized culture. An agricultural society many children have been directing the energy and physical movement and constructive ways doing farming chores bailing hay I grew up bailing hay splashing in the soup. Hall climbing trees you have got stuck in those racing to a sand lot for a game of baseball children's regiments of play would have been steeped in nature so this shift just happened in the one nine hundred fifty S. that we've gone from an extremely rule environment to a highly urbanized culture. Study by Steven and Rachel plan environmental psychologist at the University of Michigan found there was a nine year study with the U.S. Forest Service and what they did it have a be heard of Outward Bound. OK I would ban was started by Kurt Hahn and about the one nine hundred thirty C. What happened was he was born a Jew and he escaped. But. The Germans were attacking the British and they found that many of their young soldiers were dying in the water because they'd had a lack of basic survival skills simple simply that the German U. boats were sinking the British navy boats and they just simply couldn't swim or they didn't have basic survival so they ask Han to come up with a program to help their British soldiers to be able to survive mortality rates were up and they learned basic how to swim and how to survive if their boat got shot down or sunk and the years when the war was finished our bound then started in Great Britain as a way of for young adults for character development which is I think awesome because that is the point of education isn't it isn't the whole point that we're here is for character development we want our characters to be more like Christ so here is not even a Christian or let's say Seventh Day Adventist goal and it was character development and that is the whole point about education honestly is character development it's an all inclusive way of teaching it's not just connecting the kids with nature but it's character development and you'll see hopefully over the week how we incorporate all of those things yes ma'am Yeah I don't know where I can stand I'm so. I can. I can't non sorry it can you move to another chair I'm so sorry. I know I'm I know I'm very much in the way I need a clicker they didn't give me a clicker that would be really helpful. Except my notes are here too. OK so maybe I don't either click or. I am emailing the slides and I know it's a lot of information but I wanted you guys to be blown away and really excited so that's why and it's not so much that I want you guys to have a take away the fact that you can say the facts because I can even say the facts about my wonderful power point here is that I want you just to be like I got something I learned something so awesome and I want to share with you so that's why these facts are kind of also hopefully chop your mouth to the floor and feel like we need to do something because I think we as a church need to do something. And get our kids back connected with nature so this nine year study is what they did to. Kind of model also the Outward Bound program and they took people backpacking for two weeks and they they studied and they realize that there was two kinds of attention there's directed attention and there's fascination so involuntary attention and after I'll get into that in a minute but after this nine year study the subjects reported experiencing a sense of peace and an ability to think more clearly and their restorer to have an environment they found that just being in nature was more restorative than physically challenging activities such as rock climbing or mountain biking but just being in nature was more restored. So directed attention fatigue it means too much directed attention and what absolutely forces direct attention. T.V. I mean I find myself when you're watching T.V. can you move your eyeballs or you know it's like you're zoned in and same thing have you seen kiddos play on their on their i Phones or on their i Pads their eyes are just they're completely zoned and you could you could have bombs exploding around them and they probably wouldn't even notice because they're very directed in this directed attention is marked by in policy of behavior agitation irritation and inability to concentrate have you see when you take those i Phones away what is that kid's reaction. And possibly havior are Whoa whoa whoa whoa you know it's very new where this come from the way it was. Or. The after effects. Directed attention fatigue occurs because neural and the have a Tory mechanisms become fatigued by blocking competing stimuli the fascination factor associate nature is restored that's what's so amazing is they end can destroy so many things but God always has a plan of restoration so you know don't sit here be discouraged about maybe what your kids have done or what your grandkids have done what you see your students in your school or in your church doing because there's a restoration available and there is so much hope just you all get excited as a presentation go on to the power that there is that God has put in nature because he's in nature because it's his creation. And that helps relieve the N.H.L. us relieve people from this directed attention fatigue. If you find an environment where the attention is automatic you allow directed attention to rest and that means an environment that's strong on fascination Well I was just walking I have two little girls staying with me from when I used to teach in Holland we were walking from the cafeteria over here and all of a sudden we saw something in the tree what is what it was what were we doing fascinated and the Islamist movie look and there was this little leaf and I don't know if it was attached to a spider web or what but it was literally twirling like a helicopter and I would go up and down and around and if I was in such a hurry to come over here and get ready then I was we could probably watch that for at least five to ten minutes and the girls would have been asking questions and they were only asking questions of the why is it doing that and so you're getting so many things going you need so many stimuli in that brain going back and forth because they're starting to ask questions and those questions lead to other questions. So there was a survey of more than twelve hundred corporate and state office workers those with a window view of trees bushes or large lawns experience significantly less frustration and more work enthusiasm than those without such views a person does not have to live in the wilderness to reap nature's psychological benefits adding benefits that include the ability to work better and think more clearly simply looking at what God has created for us can be beneficial. Heart big did a study spending time in nature can help people recover from normal psychological wear and tear but nature also improves the capacity to pay attention participants were asked to complete a forty minute sequence of tasks assigned to exhaust their directed attention capacity they were then randomly assigned to spend forty minutes either they could choose walking in a local nature preserve walking in an urban area sitting quietly while reading magazines or listening to music which one do you think did the most benefit. Because it is so smart. They was the result of those who would walk in the nature preserve perform better than the other participants on a standard simple proofreading task they also reported more positive emotions and less anger so you feel like you're braise low and down a little bit go for a walk in nature that sounds pretty simple right we can all do that. There is a daycare children study in Sweden they had a quiet play area surrounded by tall buildings with low plants and a brick path then they had a green day care. In or just surrounded by pasture and woods in was adjacent to an overgrown garden which tall trees and what rocks the study reveals children in the green day care who played outside every day we got our list of whether had better motor coordination and more ability to concentrate. Simply being close to nature helps boost a child's attention span because they learn to sit quietly they learn to stare at an ant moving around they learn to play with a bow in the water simply coming up with a whole story in their little heads. Using that imagination and as T.V. allow any imagination when you read anything into it can you add anything to the story No If anything what you do is you take that T.V. story back and you make it your life how many of us watch something and then find ourselves creating castles in our heads because of something that we watched on a television. So save the family's way of A.D.H. A.D.D. children ages seven to twelve this was in the journal called environmental behavior found that compared to the after effects of play and pave outdoor and or areas activities and natural green settings were far more likely to lead eighty children better able to focus concentrate activities that left eighty children in worse shape or far more likely to occur endorse or out Doris in spaces devoid of greenery. Activities would be things like campy or fishing not green would be watching television playing video games even doing homework. Doesn't always have to be negative it's just important that we realize that anything that's not putting them outside can put too much directed attention all right if it's true that nature therapy reduces the symptoms of A.D.H. D. then the converse may also be true A.D.H. D. may be a set of symptoms aggravated by lack of exposure to nature. All right it's. Every one of the multiple intelligences there is eight multiple tell it is I don't want to go into them too much but basically you can be considered were smart number reasoning smart picture smart body Smart Music smart people smart South smart you may have a little bit of all of them you are usually stronger and want to or two of them. But there is an eighth intelligence and it's called the naturalists and televisions or nature's smart so as we go through this think if you know any kids that tend to lean this way have keen sensory skills including sight sound smell taste and touch readily use high in sensory skills to notice and categorize things from the natural world like to be outside or like outside activities like gardening nature walks feel chips geared toward observing nature and natural phenomenon easily noticed parents from their surroundings their likes their differences their similarities their now all these are interested in care about animals or plants notice things in the environment that others often miss create keep or have collections scrapbooks logs or journals about natural objects These may include ran observations drawing pictures and photographs or specimens are very interested from an early age and television shows a video books are objects from or about nature science and how many of you have children love blue planet or watching nature videos. Expression even if they move slowly children are still very fascinated with those nature tell. It shows so awareness of and concern for the environment and or for endangered species easily learned characteristics names categorizations and data about objects found in the natural world so how do you think almost every child has this intelligence or you have this intelligence right all right so that's just a little about the benefits of academically how fitting time in a chicken how us now we're going to go into physical health. The Center for Disease Control reports that the number of overweigh adult Americans a creased over sixty percent between one nine hundred ninety one in two thousand craned a C.D.C. data the U.S. population of overweight children between ages two to five increased by almost thirty six percent from one nine hundred eighty nine when I was born to one nine hundred ninety nine at that time two out of ten Americans children were clinically obese four times the percentage of childhood obesity report in the late one nine hundred sixty S. you think those numbers are going up and going down. They're going up for their approximately sixty percent of obese children ages five to ten have at least one cardiovascular disease factor that is so. The World Health Organization warns that the sedentary lifestyle what creates sitting screen time it doesn't have to sweetie T.V. i Pod I've had any of this create sedentary lifestyle at the global public health problem have you heard the news saying sitting is the news folk smoking that they're saying saving is almost more detrimental to your body than smoking. Inactivity is seen as a major risk factor and not communicable communicable diseases which cause a sixty percent of global deaths and forty seven percent of the burden of disease pediatricians now one that today's children may be the first generation American since World War two to die at an earlier age than their parents. Wait that we have all the newest medicines all the newest medications all the newest technology why is it that today's children may be dying before we die. The C.D.C. found that the amount of T.V. that children watched directly correlates with measures of their bored body fat and the United States children ages six to eleven spent about thirty hours a week looking at a T.V. or computer monitor so Dysport save the day the obesity epidemic coincides with the graded increase in organized children sports and history the physical exercise and emotional stretching that children enjoy and an organized play is more varied and less time bound than found an organized sport so to sport save the day no playtime expression unstructured and magnets have exploratory play is increasingly recognized as an essential component of wholesome child development and that also we have a good reason to let our children just play a just speech children and play. A study of preschool children Norway and Sweden playing as a typically flat regular playground compared to playing on trees or rocks and even grounds of natural play areas over a year's time the children who play in the national area tested for better motor fitness and expression in the area of balance and agility which makes natural sense right because they're not how in the lab is right there in the railways we have to have our railings on our playground now right there over on a log balancing themselves or their trips them. This is me my little Timmy. There was the first time we did this and it was new to him to sit quietly for five minutes but believe it or not he was enjoying himself. Pretty much ever so this that OK So that is sort of limbs on physical We're just very obvious right if we move our bodies are moving then what's going to happen we're going to stay in shape so the physical aspect I think of nature is usually pretty undisputable because those of us who spend time outside Well we have elements right all of us I mean we're fighting in the sun or cold you know compared to a for a just and our warm little classrooms there is no reason for our bodies have to adjust to different temperatures and so the physical is pretty self-explanatory so I don't go into a lot and that most of the well being. Was also a simple kids get the press they need for medications is intensified by children's disconnection from nature the rate at which American children are prescribed antidepressants almost doubled and by years children prescribed antidepressants. I don't think I knew what depressed meant when I was a little kid I mean I had the summertime blues when I thought I was bored but depressed. This is the steepest and this is what's crazy the steepest increase sixty six percent was among. Children preschool children fighting depression. That's that's pretty scary so in nature the healing balm there's over one hundred studies that confirm that one of the main benefits of spending time in nature is stress reduction nature experiences can relieve some of the everyday precious that may lead to childhood depression and how many of you keep hearing I know I have you are completely living in a different world than I was raised and so I at my age I'm hearing that all the time what are your children hearing all the time that they're completely being raised in a different world than you were raised in so you probably didn't have so many every day pressures right honestly as you as children you had to maybe go home with a garden or who knows what our children are fighting puberty it a lot sooner girls are starting things a lot sooner I mean just how we look pressures are starting soon and you can go on and on and what our children are having to face I keep saying our children I don't have children but I love all children and I always make my students like my children. Experiences can relieve some of the everyday precious that may lead to childhood depression nature offers nurturing solitude so benefits of that vitamin and we should start using that coin as actual And if you can vitamin C. that you get your vitamin and today. Exposure ten natural environment such as parks and he answers the ability to cope with and we cover from stress and we cover from illness and injury as Dallas methods of nature based therapy including wilderness hoarder. Thank you. Assisted therapy have success healing patients who previously had not responded to treatment of some motional or physical ailments Isn't that awesome so all these tried in two method of medicine or other therapy but if we just simply got them maybe in a horse program involved in four H. and involved in a garden. A lot of communities and towns are very interested and starting community gardens have you guys seen that cities are very open to starting community gardens and I see so many benefits of that so I have to plug for another plug in here another big thing that I think we're missing in our world is is the generation gap we're doing everything separate everyone needs to be in my age my age my age you know whatever my favorite sayings growing up as a kid was older people like literally my younger brother and I would bike to our neighbors because we felt like we were the three kids because we could bike down the gravel road up to our neighbor's house who happened to go to our church and then he had made passes in his woods and we would bike those pass to his mother's house and she was probably eighty at the time and we would just go over there and set out our feet and let her tell a story after story after story and we loved it we absolutely loved it and how many cool stories to do the more mature generation have I mean that's going to what's going to awaken that enthusiasm I want to play like that did you hear that gramma so and so used to stack I don't know a lot of each other make it in the in four and then I want to go try that. We need to bridge that gap we need to have and honestly our older people are so alone in our churches it's so sad there's so lonely and we who have the younger children can we helping to bridge that gap and we could be encouragement to them and not only that but we would be making an investment in our child's future as well as not just helping that all that one and helping the younger one as well so let's go together to the community garden they can sew on a chair and watch our children dig in the door and they would love it just the same just spending time. And people have a more positive outlook on life and higher life satisfactory what in proximity to nature particularly an urban area so that's why they are giving that older person Vitamin N. by exposing them to sing time in nature. So there was a therapeutic invention that was chide they surveyed one thousand eight hundred fifty participants this is unfair to thousand and ninety point by the University of Essex and the use of green exercise and there are three broad health outcomes from this and improve psychological wellbeing by enhancing mood and self-esteem while we do seem feelings confusion depression and tension. Also generated physical health benefits by reducing blood pressure and burning calories and also built social networks when I'm playing on my i Pod or when I'm reading my book can I be interacting with others can I be building any kind of relationships or do I need you or do you need me but when I'm playing outside all this and I can hold the stick to build this teepee can you come help me and we need each other and I think we forgot how much we need each other we're not islands we need each other. So how much nature is enough to make a difference and mental health jewels pretty in Jobar end of the University of Essex in the journal Environmental Science and Technology suggest a proper minimum dosage of vitamin N. Anybody I have it up there oh no go look anybody have a guess. You already read it OK for the first time in scientific literature we have been able to show dose response relationships for the positive effects of nature on human mental health mood and self-esteem improve after how long just five minutes all right how are we love simple goals I love simple attainable goals right because my life is full Can you not put five minutes outside five minute walk five minutes I'm going to go have a sit spot ten minutes let's up and they say that same thing with prayer starting a walk with God right start with a five minute goal well you already know five minutes make a difference in each I can put five minutes into my day I can put ten minutes then fifteen this is also interesting Blue-Green exercise is even better the study found that a walk in a natural area adjacent to water provided people and offer the most improvement which is interesting random facts so I don't know if you put in your own little pond and your backyard can come as blue or green Can you walk around you know let's get creative I don't know so please do not say that five minutes is enough that's minimum and do we have or want to do minimal go also this study was done over twelve hundred people of different ages gender and mental status all over the board it was drawn from ten existing studies and it found that all ages and from all backgrounds benefit but do you know where the greatest health changes occurred what demographic you think are the greatest health changes preschool yet the young and the mentally ill where the most drastic improvement time in nature is not leisure time it's an essential and best man and our children and our own health. It's need of nature creativity these are my kids. So I'll just put a little idea for you I talk to the guys first and second and you have to teach the five senses right and how many times I knew he knew this and Sabbath school too I know you teach senses and talk about that but my mom is doing that and you bring in the paper bags right and it super fun they have to reach in there with their hands but you're really focusing the answers that you want from them you're really limiting the answers because what's in that paper bag is probably they might think a little bit outside your paperback you know if you put an apple in there they might seek a banana but they're not going to really go that much outside the box right so what I did to teach the five senses is I made that body part so I made a giant I and I had just blank white pieces of paper and I stapled and I had little books and we went out with clipboards and a little bag of Koreans they had little mini clipboard and whatever sense we were talking about that day so I would be an eyeball it would be a giant you know that's why they're going to be no use. It was an eye and nose I han't for a touch it was an ear and then the tongue has to be a little careful who you know who wants to get everything in their mouth oh you're going to have to watch it over but it's pretty awesome just to bark OK I think it's doesn't hurt to have a near me system. This is also now you know a leader. OK. She's the only one in here that I talk to. So that was just one simple idea of teaching the five senses and a different way and all of us that and so they went out there and for the listening when I said I put in what I call sit spot spots is something you want a lot about this week is create a sits spot. So I put them in their sit spot and they had blindfolds on and they just had to listen and they had to sit there quietly I'm talking about can I go into a second I'm talking about five year olds to eight year olds and they sat quietly not a sound for five minutes and they did it but I started with I started I started with ice first because that's the one we use the most and that's the one they they like the most so the first thing that is the magnifying glass is that you keep seeing they has that spots with those and they had to sit and destroy everything they could see with their magnifying glasses and that was Timmy's first experience when the suits bought the so he got better as time went on but he wasn't doing so just to sit still for five minutes they begin it we have to awaken and Susie as them and children catch on but they have to be changed because so far maybe they've been raised in an environment that hasn't taught that ability to sit in to observe and to ask questions. And so back to the human mind so they had blindfolds and they had to listen for five minutes and then they had to job the thing that they heard and all of us sat in things like grass under the hearing one because they heard well. Crawling on the grass but before where they have ever drawn grass in their books you know so they're learning to think abstractly at a very young age when you're putting them out in nature and this is creativity is probably this is like my one of my most favorite sections so how you heard of John Mayer I can say is a really good near Thank you my pronunciation is not. He describes a reveling in the wonderful wilderness around his boyhood home in Wisconsin are we any are we very surprised that he turned out the way that he did. All right another famous creating a C.M. You know Langhorne Clemens and you may know what he. So he held out an adult job. Fourteen but when is working to end it at three o'clock he had it down for ever to swim or fish or navigate a borrowed boat do we have any question why he and therefore became marked way Eleanor Roosevelt we know who that is an incredible woman said there was nothing that gave me greater joy than to get up get one of my young aunts to agree that she would go up get up before dawn that we would walk down through the way to the river row ourselves the five miles to the village and have only to get the mail and row back before the family was at the breakfast table. Then Frank when I love the story so he'll have the block from Boston Harbor so he lived near water he was much and in about it even though his older brother drowned and water he still love water age nine he was flying a kite from the bank of mill pond a holding area for water from high tide it was warm so he wanted to go for a swim so he tied his kite to a log and he jumped in but he's ninety so what is he thinking about his kite and how he wishes he could be flying as kite so is there any pondering his dilemma and I love the way this is said he pond it is a lemon until it occurred to him that he might not need to forego one diversion for the other his problem solving nature is constantly forcing you to problem solve and use everything all of this could work or this could work or this could work and what are we missing these days and some people simple common sense just simple common sense because we're not constantly having to problem solve we get everything spoon fed this answer one plus one equals two there is no outside the box thinking. So. The pond bend untied the kite and return to the cool water as the buoyancy of the wire diminish gravity's hold on his feet he felt the kite tugging him forward he surrendered to the wind power line on his back and letting the kite pull him clear across the pond with out the least fatigued and with the. The greatest pleasure imaginable so he applied to his scientists minus the lesson of the senses and used his direct experience with nature to solve a problem. Another really fun story is Thomas Edison Thomas Edison was only four years old when this story happened he was visiting his sister's farm and he disappeared he had wandered off so. His sister's husband went to go look for him and he found him sitting in a box of straw and they said calm Little Alan what are you doing and he said well I saw baby chickens come out of eggs the old hen was sitting on so I thought I could make little gooses come out of the goose eggs if I sat on them if they his and gives can do it why I can't I and so she took him back to a sister and the sister noticed the egg stains on his pants and very disappointed sad face a little out and this is what she said Tommy if this doesn't sound familiar it's all right now it's no one ever tried anything even what some folks say is impossible no one would ever learn anything so you just keep on trying and maybe some day you'll try something that will work how many tries it take him to make the light bulb. I heard about two thousand and when that when somebody came and asked them and he said what you've tried two thousand times you haven't learned you haven't achieved anything like ya I learnt two thousand ways that it doesn't work. OK So you know a failure and messing up is actually a good thing that's creating that problem solving and I think it's awesome that is all the systems said just keep on trying because maybe someday you'll try something that will work. My kiddos will become inventors and my class too and it was awesome some of the crazy abstract inventions they were trying to come up with and I don't think that they would have tried to come up with these things. Unless they have spent some time outdoors because just watching that i Pad or that T.V. isn't going to think teach them to think on the box in fact if anything it was very easy for me to quickly pick up on which of my students my times outdoors and which of my students were never outdoors because what do you think in their inventions when it looked like it looked like something off of cartoons or seen in T.V.'s because they couldn't think on their own but what's awesome once again is the fact that nature is restored to have so a little bit of time in my cause I'm a little bit time out of stores and what were those drawing starting to look like out of the box Caray the invention. Creative people who came of age in the one nine hundred seventy S. rock stars among them sell them describe inspirational childhood experiences in nature so it seems creativity can occur without natural influences but it may have a very different tempo as creativity changed contemporary urban poets have moved away from where is worth and the Romantics whose metaphors were shaped by Sublime natural forces whose rhythms were often set by the cycles of nature because there's natural rhythms and nature correct the newer language of art. Emanates from the human Bell environment from the street from computers and how different has the music become not just the music the things that are seen on T.V. that then that we call creative The thing that we now call art just compare is incredible and just simply because these awesome inventors and creators were spending time as chair of children in nature and look what they came up with and now look at our generations who are not seeing time in nature what are they coming up with and they're known as the awesome great minds of today right. This urban or electronic expression of creativity seeks to end for modern ears and eyes and it has its own rhythms and metaphors is that not true. All right. The will enlist avenues of exploration natural spaces and material stimulate childrens limitless I magine nations and serve as the medium and then Tipnis in creativity observable and almost any group of children playing in a natural setting all of a sudden you have Lewis and Clark right or you house I could you we nature which excites all the senses remains the richest source of loose parts nature is imperfectly perfect filled with loose parts impossibilities with mud in dust nettles and Sky trans didn't he hands on moments and skinned knees and spying. Through taking children out there as they are exposed to learning through various forms of inquiry when our learning is leaning to revisit tea in the living world outside our classrooms and bought back to the classroom for reconsideration it empowers us. To look cool and multi-sensory embodiment of the learning creativity is ignited taking the time to linger with our learning creates the spaces where learning possibilities present themselves possibilities that might have gone on notice if we hurry past things the work we engage and we quiet commitment it takes us to care deeply enough that we want to spend time with it and so our creativity is inspired All right so how many you guys want your children to go out and get creative and. I feel as fired all right the last need of nature is for our walk with the Lord. Our whole goal right so this is one of my favorite. Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate and then. Turn it into. Something more we cannot care for God If we do not care for His creation the extent that we separate our children from creation is the extent to which we separate them from their creator from God that is really powerful as in this. You know this mass is I was telling you that it really created a different world view in perspective for me I had never really been raised with the idea of Go Green that wasn't something that was really on my radar like we can only talk about recycling in school we talked about caring for the environment picking up trash but it wasn't something that was essential focus it was more like this world is not our home we're just passing through because yours is coming soon. And I'm not saying that is the wrong perspective but we're missing a component because what happens in Genesis one and two. Creation and we are given so many and we are given dominion so it was totally eyeopening to me he professes said We specially a seven day out and should be the first and the movements of going green and taking care of the earth we should be the first in being they we need to take care of this problem that we are destroying the habitats not because we're trying to live forever here on this earth but because God gave us a gift and those bugs and those bugs that then affect the animals which affect the environment which affect us and everything is connected in nature and so the fact that we're not making a point of taking care of our earth the fact that we're the ones that are wasting is really Are we ignoring the very first thing that God gave us what I talk a lot about in my classroom is the fact that you guys love to get gifts we love to get guess are right and when we get given a get we give somebody a gift I love how we like to give gifts more than get gifts right is so exciting I remember the kid I just couldn't wait for my mom to unwrap that laundry basket that I knew she wanted so badly and she was really thrilled OK she really was and it's so exciting that you're sitting there and then if people have a funny reaction how does that make you feel. Like the biggest letdown in the world right as I often would tell my kids are cries when God created the world he thought you are having them think what are things that you love in the world and creation and they'll say you know they typically say animals right like all tigers or dolphins or they typically say that. And so then I start saying well what else do you love and then they start saying well maybe waterfalls or lakes or ponds and the like would you realize that I literally have you thought of tell me sort of chased out of villains I recently go through my kills need the thought of you thought of you when he created the world he knew what you were. Going to love so if you knew what we were going to love why are we so careless with it why are we why are we not taking care of our environment it is true that we're just passing through but God still gave this as a gift to us and we need to be more active in our environment one thing I recently heard was if your church shut down its doors with your community notice. With your community miss you if your doors with your church shut down that's doors. And I and I started thinking about like wow that's really interesting and we have a lot of us have outreach programs but what if we were the ones that with we're the ones that had the go green one thing that go between economies are doing you know that how you can adopt a highway when you drive right past Goebbels now the Adventist school it says you can help me go as you know County has adopted How does that I can remember how it goes but it's something like you know you can adopt a highway and then it says whose name has adopted how many things is that covering Well now it's free advertisement for the school also so people are aware because you you know who doesn't read signs your board read everyone's reading signs that you're driving down the road and so they see a dot the highway goes in your Cademy Well that's interesting you know let's make our communities miss us let's see the was the how the recycle bins There's an awesome program called Paper gator paper gator The thing is they have to you have to have a lot of paper I tried to start at Holland and Holland's a big church and a fairly large community and I wasn't feeling my den big enough and enough for them to let me keep my my dumpster there but if I would have been more proactive about door knocking now I go door knocking with my students I bring Glo tracks i could mean you know a street and I could bring a little piece of paper that talked about the paper gator and the fact that they could come and drop you know paper off in my dumpster so that you know I think if we if we so I could care and Vironment that would be a whole nother a way in for evangelism and a completely. Different way because I don't think they see sometimes us as Christian people caring about the world as you see those crazy left wing people that we are like all the other crazy tree huggers right is not usually associated with people who love God that love nature were kind of scared to say that like oh nature doesn't speak to us guys speak so you know we're we're scared to use those things but I think if we try getting into that train of thought we can reach a whole new crowd of people and bring them in lot of people out there that care about our environment and are really worried about her and by Him and are really worried about how long we're going to be here well that's when we get our and we're not here for every phrase allergic you know that's another way that we can get in so as you can see this is our education right care to develop it and incorporate so many things that's what's so exciting about it because you can start thinking about this avenue and this avenue. The purpose the creation really is to bring us closer to the creator as a parent you don't encourage children to experience nature because it's pretty but because your children are exposed to something larger and longer standing then their immediate existence. So it starts with wonder and respect if we never give ourselves the opportunity to wonder and get excited about it will they respect and care. And they'll say my professor also talked to me about and he said that my relationship with God start with wonder. This being in this was something that I use what I taught the program this past year is I talked about wonder moments I want to each student at the end of my outer ed to come up with a wonder moment what was something that just made them Pozen be like Whoa that's cool so today what have been for my little girls and I want to watch in that leaf just twirl that was our wonder moment just taking time to be like wow and that wonder then can lead to respect and I'll teach about that flowing cycle how we go through different stages to then go to a certain point but it starts with enthusiasm and how easy and fun is that to start with. The benefits of engaging children and in direct experiences with honeybees butterflies and ladybugs all significant plant partners are numerous children develop science process skills positive science and scientific knowledge in addition these experiences provide children with opportunities to appreciate and develop a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world and that is something that we're also and a high risk in our society right now is because we're not socializing with each other we're not having that communication with each other we're not learning to care about each other because there's I don't see that what I say and do affects you because it's just on a screen so for example in relationships you have to be really careful what texts you send write because those texts they don't have any idea in the way that you said it how many about the mannerisms and I wish I could pull back on of anybody here knows what percentage Your words say compared to what percentage your body language says it's incredible the fact the way you say things almost communicates more than the say things you're actually saying so if we're not actually talking to each other anymore then we're not. Learning to care about each other anymore and I have found it too in my own life I'm pretty anti technology I don't even own a computer this is somebody else's Not that I don't want to own a computer but I don't want THIS IS MY PHONE Yeah pretty cool pretty snazzy I love it and I will stay strong as long as they will allow me I'm pretty sure some day it won't be allowed but for now I stay strong not because absent is that that means self-consciousness is fairly mean self control doesn't necessarily mean that I am great at staying away from technology but I know that if I had a smartphone then I'd be one of those people checking Facebook little bit too often. I would be. Out in that people for the harvest you to me but I don't know how to and. I don't know what Twitter is or any of those things but. If I walked around with a how quickly what I learned how to do it babies they they can they can work their way around i Phone because how do our children learn. So as much as we want our children to incorporate these things into their life where does it start with us with me you know something that I really found really disheartening as a teacher is when I would take you know kids on field chips or even an outer and different groups come up how many adults do I see on their phone almost all of them all of these are good people these are good Seventh Day Adventists strong beautiful families and I'm not I'm not putting them down because I don't remember I said absence doesn't I say mean self control right this isn't necessarily mean that I would be great if you handed me a smartphone I've just said I'm going to ask I'm not strong right OK I'm not trying to put anyone down but that phone isn't just in I really wish that everybody would would for a week I don't know I heard of this I think but on your smartphone you can monitor how long you've spent on it. I think there's some after something I've heard something that you can figure out how how much screen time you actually spent that week and if you guys could figure it out I think you would be shocked about how long you're spending on it because I know most of my friends don't recognize it how long they're on it and I know that I'm not a stay at home mom and so I don't know what it's like but one thing I've learned is that there is loneliness in all stages of life you know here I am as a single person and I feel lonely whoa is me I want to be in another stage right and then you get married all the sudden you're lonely because all your girlfriends are like Well now you may you have time for us right so there's that lonely stage and then you're a stay at home mom and I found that some say I was almost on the loneliest people in the world because they can't go out I mean I try to call so my friends have kids and it's like I am around these kids given the background we can really have like a three minute conversation right and they want to they long to they're like oh please call me more I just feel like I never get to talk to you know and it's all so stay at home moms are very lonely and then you start taking your kids to school and what are you lonely because you've been used to taking care of them all the time right like also know what I do and then after that then they go to college and you like empty nest odd now I'm lonely and then your kids get married and you're lonely and then you retire and you're and you're lonely like loneliness can happen at every stage if we choose to focus on that and I completely lost. Too much computer time think you lard there must have been more point. My point is that I know my point is that I'm not putting people down for spending time on their smartphones because that is a way for a lot of us to connect to feel like we're connecting and I'm not saying I have Facebook and I'm not saying that's bad but I think we just need to be aware of how much we're using it and we need to be aware of mothers and people or all of us all of us have kids watching us and realize that the more that we're on our phone what are they. Going to want to do and copy they're going to want to pick up their phones and capias to and so you know that text that seems so important to send maybe you can wait during nap time or maybe you could just call or maybe that night do it just realize that what we do people are watching and especially our children are watching you may well model so how much I use it will be ten times for how much they'll use it right. So let's pas and seek and find joy joy is found in lingering in the grassy field and at the same time you will be caught up in a sense of wonder I believe if we want children to take stake in their learning by encouraging them to ask the questions and seek out answers then we need to create spaces for that inquiry to unfold we need to give value to the time it takes to be in those places of wonder and a time where our world is so fast paced and product oriented we need to give value to the things that cause us to slow down and pos to linger and to reflex it's so I assume they do this thing with my kids when I ask them if they saw God and I'm going to have more of this later but one time we were on a sliding trip with our church family our church family had a huge snowy snow. And we were sledding where sledding and one of my first graders ran out to me and he said this is the Mississippi look look at the moon and the moon was green He's like look talking to me how awesome is the hat How awesome is that don't we want our children to do that and I have lots of stories like that with the I saw God today or mistruths be God cares God did this for me and I really like because I know that God cares about me and they seeing nature every day I can't wait to show you all these things but when you're walking around we all see trees right so we can correlate you know connect that back with God and every time they see a tree what are they going to think of I would have they see a star every time you realize how many things are out there that they see a daily basis and we can connect that back to God then what are we creating a. Connection the fact that we're supposed to do what pray without ceasing walk hand in hand with God all day right. Another thing that I did in my costume when I had a train and my theme was either the spiritual theme every year and I had this giant chain that my neighbor had you. To put on a lawnmower tractor so it was this giant black fifty gallon drum thing that he put on the engine that he drives and then this trailer that he put on the trailer so it looked like a train and like a box car and so my dad had me put that in my classroom and the chain was acronym all in need and then the thing on the caboose was Choo-Choo choose Jesus and in Holland you can probably drive anywhere without crossing over a train tracks and so I used to be like how many times you cross a change X. Also how many times you hear trains go so every time they had a train then they would go to to choose Jesus and one time this really happened we're on a field ship we're at a playground and there was this train it was so loud it was so awesome it into icy escape right of the top of the sly they said this is proof of the top of their lungs with all these other children playing in and parent things that may be choose. To use us praise the Lord I really didn't mean this to add a body and if we can connect them with change we can connect them with nature and once they make that connection with nature don't you think they're going to be able to make connections with things like trains and other things it's the fact that literally guys God is everywhere and so whole wants to connect with us in a deep in needful way but it starts with taking that time to pas and look and reflect and linger but can I pas and reflect and look and linger and a fast paced world where everything joys coming at me I mean how often is that computer screen change that T.V. screen change it changes constantly and so that every teaching them to pause and to look and to linger No but nature does and the nature can lead then to other things for them to force in a world that doesn't say Stop that they're going to want to stop because it was just what they the habit that they formed so this is the aims of our education this is what I want you to think about and this week. Of things that is the point about their education how does it teaches spans three to eight domains of self there's and the natural world it seeks to teach students how to learn to overcome adversity should definitely creates that and he has this personal a social development develops a deeper relationship with nature teaches outdoor survival skills and crews problem solving skills and back to that teaching out there survival skills what are we told at the end of times that we need to be. Self. Reliant or with the other face. So self-sufficient I had to take a class actually for my master's called. I want to say self-supporting but that's not sustainable living sustainable living we actually I take a class called sustainability and in my valley what we what the bee is average is a sustainable I mean we want our even our schools to be self-sustaining correct. So I think that's awesome so teaches all sorts of I Will skills improves problem solving skills and he has this team works develops leadership skills understands the natural environments and promotes most importantly spirituality so this is what you want to think of when you're developing an outdoor lesson plans or when you just think you know engaging your children in nature is that you want to fall into one of these will appoint then you'll find that it's pretty easy to put it under one of them. That we viewed was. Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts. You may not see immediate results even though I do believe for some of you you will see that when you start putting your kids in nature and you yourself but this is up there was about Albert Einstein store and I just think that's pretty powerful Not everything that counts can be counted and everything that can be counted counts you know when we start making changes in the environment it's not going to seem like a major I mean there's still thousands of acres being cut and Brazil right but it can make a difference a little bit of a piece of paper that time putting that in the paper again or you're creating a mindset a mindset that I'm going to care for the environment I'm going to care for the precious gift that God gave me the most important reason though connection with nature upon all created things that seem the Empress of the deity nature testifies of God the subsets of all mind by in contact with the miracle on mystery of the universe cannot but recognize the working of infinite power. Pretty Q So just two ideas we've got ten forty five right. OK so every day I have ideas this is an idea that you could try with your kiddos. This is called the recipe for a forest pretty simple. Give each child an imaginary ownership to one square mile or a kilometer of land tell them that this version plot they are free to create their own dream forests complete with as many trees animals mountain rivers as they desire encourage them to let their imaginations run wild to encourage creativity you can give some suggestions to make your forest beautiful and radiant You might want to add waterfalls and wind storms or perpetual Rainbows have them list the components of their forest and then draw a picture of it and by discussing of them whether their forests are able to maintain themselves a year after year and this is where you're going to have to work with me this week there is no way that I can give you ideas that is going to go over all the grades but as teachers know you can adapt and you can change the lesson plan so just think how could I make this for a younger age child how can I make this older a child. And you're just going to have to work with it some lesson plans you'll see will fit younger some will fit middle some will fit older. See where was I for instance see if they have include represent his of different levels in the food cycle including plant eaters plants and decomposes such as ants mushrooms bacteria as well as subtle factors such as soil and climate so as you can see this is what So co-opt or at a really simple assignment it doesn't sound very complex like really how educational can be them coming up with their own force but all of a sudden you just create a whole avenue to start biology with them. So simple idea something a little bit more. And is call me to tree. I like to do this one. So what you could have them do you have them pair up and have them one of them bought blindfold their partner you take them into the woods you want to go into an area that has quite a few trees and that part is going to lead there blindfold a partner carefully up to a tree and they have to figure out everything about that tree. You know touch the bark feel the bark feel down the roots try to figure out everything. The blind part is then explore the trees to feel its uniqueness guide them and this by telling them to touch the tree and rub their cheeks against the bark ask if this branch is alive can you put your arms around it can you see your roots and branch is the tree older than you are can you find plants growing on an animal signs like N. then you have them leave their blind partner out after two or three minutes then they take after off the blindfold and they have to go and find their tree. Now this should be now this forest doesn't just become a bunch of trees it becomes individual trees and you're very much looking for things now this is my favorite also how easily can we relate that back to spiritual walk with the Lord now we're not just one big big group of vast People were individuals with unique characteristics and things that we bring to the table that nobody else does and how often do we describe everybody and all they're like this right. And so. That is it for today. And I know that that seemed like a lot of information Yes I mean. It was I have honestly I don't know where I got that idea from. Yeah well sometimes I get it from other books and that's the reference that they got it from thought that might be from another book but I have several books that I'm going to show you over time so I'll do a couple a day so I just start out with to today but I have several different books that I'll be showing that you get tons of ideas from. Right sorry I didn't much of the time for questions and you know how the question is that how they seem like Fast forward a lot of information. Anybody have any questions. If there is a piece that. Paper going around if you write your name in your e-mail I well e-mail you can we just have prayer before. You leave. All right let's go ahead still and I pray so much for all the ways that you come up with to reach us so creative in your oh and just in having a very individual relationship with us and we praise you for that help us to take the time to look for you. Piles and linger and reflect just find the joy and being your child and we love our children and we love each other and we just want to reach others for you so show us how and your presence. 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