Parent Tip of the Week: Exploring Nature

Published on Jun 16, 2020

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Spending time in nature helps children in many ways! It helps them learn how to judge the risks in a situation and think about how much they can handle. It encourages them to pay attention for longer and notice details. It reduces stress levels for children and adults. Plus, it’s just plain fun. 

Helping kids appreciate nature can be as simple as stopping to listen while outside your home. What can you hear? Birds? The wind in the trees? What can you feel? The sun on your face? The scratchy soft grass on your feet? 

You might try to find a favorite place outside and go back to it again and again. How does it change from week to week and season to season? Can you think of different things to do there today? 

Try visiting a local, regional, or state park. Balance on a log, climb on rock or splash in a muddy wetland. Follow your child’s lead; see what they will lead you to that you might not have noticed without them. 

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Remember, the ELS team is here to support you and want to hear from you! Please reach out to any of the following staff:

Emily Conigliaro, parent educator 952-681-6228
Eve Clarke, parent educator 952-681-6973
Sarah Sundberg Perry, parent educator para español, 952-681-6256
Debra Goebel, ECFE coordinator and parent educator 952-681-6257
Melissa Nesbitt, school psychologist 952-806-8940
Livia VanHorne, school social worker 952-806-8939