Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Last Child in the Woods
The consequences can be dire when children stay inside all day - an increase of attention-deficit disorder, a rise in obesity, more depression (even in the very young), and less creativity and problem solving skills. He calls this "Nature-deficit disorder" - which, to be clear, is not a medical condition, but rather a description of what happens when children are alienated from nature.
Here at Summers-Knoll, we have a beautiful cure - our lovely wooded playground. It is a magical place, full of sticks to build forts with, small trees to climb, weeds to pull, and logs to roll over, so as to discover all those lovely little roly-polies. We give children the time and space to explore, work together, and just to daydream.