Responding to Nature: Natural Environments Improves Parent-Child Communication

Published by Alix Marschani on 23rd July 2021 at 11:43 am | No Comments

This study has a unique focus, namely how natural environments affects individuals, especially parent-child interactions outdoors. Surprisingly, considering the growing research in outdoor education, the authors identify a gap in the literature regarding communication and interaction outdoors. The authors used a novel experimental design, which demonstrated that parent-child communication is more responsive and connected in […]

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20 ways to bring nature home

Published by Alix Marschani on 18th April 2021 at 9:38 am | No Comments

‘But how do I get them to begin to like nature?’ was the question.  A friend complained of her ‘switched off’ from nature but electronic gadget loving children, blind to what was going on outside their window. My answer? ‘Try some of these easy steps for your five and seven year old’. Readers of this […]

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What do you want the world to look like?

Published by Alix Marschani on 1st March 2021 at 10:06 am | No Comments

Do you want to tell world leaders what kind of world you want to live in? Creative Earth is an art competition for children, run by the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in collaboration with the WWF. The UK is hosting COP26 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) in November 2021 to tackle climate change and […]

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A lesson from Charles Mackesy

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th February 2021 at 11:41 am | No Comments

It was simple to download the drawing from Charles Mackesy’s twitter account and distribute to the Y3 bubble class. And as always, leaving the task to their interpretation, following a reading of the ‘The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse’. We had a discussion about the characters and what they meant to us […]

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The Big Schools’Birdwatch – making feeders

Published by Alix Marschani on 31st January 2021 at 1:17 pm | No Comments

Joining in with live lessons from the BBC has become a norm for many children in lockdown. For the Big Schools’ Birdwatch the advantage has been to allow the majority of the class, the home schoolers, to join in with the same activity as their peers in school. We all tuned in at the same […]

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Getting ready for Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2021

Published by Alix Marschani on 23rd January 2021 at 10:10 am | No Comments

Robins and blackbirds we could spot easily at our bird feeding table, but every other visitor remained nameless. ‘Do you need to know their names in time for the Big Schools’ Birdwatch on the 25th January?’ This is an annual citizen science event organised by the UK charity, the RSPB, to help inform and enage […]

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Foil rubbings are awesome

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th January 2021 at 10:57 am | No Comments

The January gloom, rain, sleet and wind chill had got too much for my bubble class of eight year olds, so what better than create a little magic with foil rubbings. For a simple activity the result remains awesome! First, we went for a nature walk and collected any natural item. All of it was […]

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