Nature Inspired Books & Research

Engaging children’s interest in insect hotels

Published by Alix Marschani on 13th July 2020 at 11:24 am | No Comments

What is the best way to engage young children in insect hotels? Many of us dot bought insect houses about our outdoor areas, but do we stop to consider their educational value or purpose? Do children actually remember they are there? When did you last take a peep and note any insects? This research paper […]

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What educators can learn from Monty Roberts

Published by Alix Marschani on 8th June 2020 at 5:00 pm | No Comments

Learning how to manage behaviour from a different discipline can bring insights into the work of any educator. While reading this book written by a master of horsemanship, I became reflective of practice, confirming in my mind the need for educators to be more questioning of directed teaching, enforcing rules and how we deal with […]

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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Published by Alix Marschani on 26th May 2020 at 7:26 am | No Comments

If you want to read about plants and a ‘science deeper than data’ then this is the book. The author combines a blend of botany, Native American mythology, natural history, which she entwines with a personal, homespun philosophy to explain the gift that is the natural world. Robin Wall Kimmerer urges the reader to ‘extend […]

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The Willowherb Review

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th May 2020 at 9:24 am | No Comments

A treasure trove of a find is this online collection of nature writing by writers of colour. It brings a new perspective of the world to the reader, especially in this time of lockdown. Worth reading and supporting this online initiative. https://www.thewillowherbreview.com/  

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Screen time linked to poor sleep habits in under 5s

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th March 2020 at 2:29 pm | No Comments

Associations of screen time, sedentary time and physical activity with sleep in under 5s: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2019.101226 This is a timely piece of research because it atempts to explain why too much exposure to screentime in under 5s is linked to poor sleep and associated health and developmental problems. A systematic review […]

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Impacts of nature play

Published by Alix Marschani on 24th February 2020 at 9:40 am | No Comments

Dankiw KA, Tsiros MD, Baldock KL, Kumar S (2020) The impacts of unstructured nature play on health in early childhood development: A systematic review. The aim of this research was to conduct a systematic review examining the impacts of nature play on the health and developmental outcomes of children aged 2–12 years. ‘Nature play’ is […]

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