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By Woodrow Nelson, vice president of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation. Much has been said about the prob- lems of children's disconnection from nature, and its consequences. New terms have been invented-- "nature deficit disorder" and "biopho- bia," the fear or aversion of nature. Children engage in creative play less and less. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that American children spend roughly six hours per day plugged in electronically. Time outdoors has declined dramati- cally. "Free-range" time in nature has virtually disappeared. Sedentary indoor lives are among the causes of the doubling in 20 years of seriously overweight American chil- dren between the ages of six and 11. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that teenage obesity tripled in the last 20 years. Fortunately, educators and care- givers are beginning to create the spaces and provide the experiences that again make nurturing time in nature part of the daily lives of children where they now spend their days-- in schools and childcare centers, neighborhood parks and nature centers, even arbore- tums and libraries and museums. ! The successes of some of these pi- oneering efforts are told in the book "'Growing With Nature: Supporting hole-Child Learning in Outdoor lassrooms," published by the Arbor ay Foundation and Dimensions Edu- chtional Research Foundation. ~i The nonprofit organizations collab- orate in the Nature Explore program, and "Growing With Nature" docu- ments the transformative effects on children who play and learn in Certi- fied Nature Explore Classrooms. The stories in "Growing With Nature" are in the voices of the educators who use thes6 thoughtfully planned natural out- doori, classrooms with children each day, and they reflect their enthusiasm for the learning they are seeing taking place',, "We tell parents if their children come lhome clean, they didn't have a nun | i i m nn | n i nlmm I I n HOLIDAY SPECIALS I * Buy 6 packages, I get ONE FREE Gift Catalog FREE l on line or phone IIi1" FREE monthly newsletter with ideas and specials u 0r tan Since 1985 Liiinnm Full Service Ice Fishing Destination on Lake of the Woods, Minnesota{ BORDER LODGE www, 1-800-PRO-FISH 3409 State Highway 172 NW Baudette MN 56623 good day," writes the head of an early childhood center in Los Angeles' pub- lic school district. Creation of Nature Explore Class- rooms is often initiated for educational reasons. Each Nature Explore Class- room is unique, but their configura- tions are based on more than a decade of research by the Dimensions Foun- dation to embody a whole-child ap- proach: Children's explorations in these intentionally designed, nature- rich spaces support language and liter- acy~ science, social/emotional development, mathematics, body com- petence, creative arts, and visual/spa- tial learning. Nature Explore's companion book, "Learning With Nature Idea Book: Creating Nurturing Outdoor Spaces for Children," outlines the design princi- ples that make Nature Explore Class- rooms effective learning environments for children. "Growing With Nature" reflects the child-centered, nature-supported learn- ing taking place in all realms: Children learn to count with acorns and pine cones. They make the shapes of letters with sticks as they learn to write. They mimic the sounds and rhythms of na- ture on outdoor marimbas. They draw trees and birds and flowers in nature art areas. They learn to work together to build and create. Research suggests that exposure to nature can reduce the symptoms of at- tention disorder (ADD) and related de- velopmental challenges. A "Growing With Nature" story describes how a child-diagnosed with autism was able to engage in his first two-sided con- versation with a classmate while en- gaged in play in a Nature Explore Classroom, an indicator of the acceler- ated development in well-designed, na- ture-rich spaces of many children with autism spectrum disorders. Learning to Nurture Nature Other themes are weaved through- out the book as well: of a joy for learn- ing, a sense of wonder, of children learning to see themselves as protec- tors of nature and her miraculous crea- tures. IIIl|!lil~ I and Scandinavian food and gifts I shipped anywhere I - year round. Order for holidays. I 800 584-6777 I www.nerslandlefse.cem I See our on-line catalog i~41mi, ~l! Ill Day House & Sleeper Packages Book now for Winter! Through it all, children learn to nur- ture. To free a bird stuck in a fence, to gently hold a lady bug or praying man- tis on a finger, to move a little frog to the water puddle, to plant and water seedling tomatoes, to mulch and pro- tect a sapling tree. Children are learning to nurture their health and their families as well. Nature Explore Classrooms are help- ing children learn to grow vegetables, and they're sometimes bringing home carrots, green beans, and tomatoes to families whose only taste of vegetables was once fast-food French fries. The "Growing With Nature" stories offer dozens of practical tips and in- sights for supporting children's explo- ration and learning and growth in nature...invaluable ideas for parents and grandparents, as well as teachers, who want to help children grow into curious, confident, nurturing adults. "Growing With Nature: Support- ing Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms" is available through the Web site, OHS wrestling, girls basketball in F,VE TROJAN SENIORS will help lead this year's 2011-2012 boys basketball team. Pictured from left to right are Trent Kuechenmeister, Jacob Meyer, Dylan Koch, Austin Swanson and Brandon Nelson. The Trojans will begin action this week the season on Tuesday, Dec. 6 hosting the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets. The Ortonville girls basketball and wrestling teams will be in action this week. The girls basketball team will travel to Benson tonight (Tuesday) for a game against the Braves. The B-squad starts at 6 p.m. with the varsity to fol- low. The Trojan wrestlers will travel to Melrose this Friday, Dec. 2 starting at 4 p.m. lool menu Tuesday, Nov. 29: Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Honey Dew and Pineapple, 100 percent Apple Juice, Choice Milk. Lunch: Hamburger/Cheeseburger, WW Bun, Sweet Potatoes, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle, Watermelon, Choice Milk. Wednesday, Nov. 30: Breakfast: W W French Toast, Syrup, Hard Boiled Egg, Plums, Choice 100 per- cent Juice, Choice Milk. Lunch: Chicken Alfredo, Egg Noo- dles, Broccoli, Garlic Toast, Apple, Choice Milk. OHS WRESTLING PRACTICE began last week as 15 athletes reported for the first day of practice and condi- tioning. The Trojans will be under the guidance of Head Coach Tom Croatt, filling in for Coach Joe Eustice, who is on military leave serving in Kuwait. The Trojans will begin their season on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Melrose Invita- tional. 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