CoursesOnline WorkshopsGet StartedSobel’s Children & Nature Design Principles Welcome 2 Lecture1.1 Your Workshop Recording Lecture1.2 Your Certificate This content is protected, please login and enroll course to view this content! Next Your Certificate 8 Comments Denise Taddonio December 30, 2020 Log in to Reply How wonderful to hold Hunting and Gathering as a valued activity! In an indoor classroom, I understand that teachers often find it a bit disruptive (sometimes more than a bit ;). I respect how teachers handle limiting such activity and why. However, at the same time, I’m excited that it is soooo appropriate OUTDOORS! I have students who will often collect the items they find special for their own play in the classroom, taking only parts of many different play materials leaving the activities with missing pieces for everyone else. Thank you, Victoria and David Sobel, for this enlightening insight. By nature, we are hunters and gatherers, and it will be my pleasure to help young and old minds to benefit. … And what fun! Victoria Hackett December 30, 2020 Log in to Reply So wonderful!!! It’s such a natural phenomenon for children to hunt and gather…and to invite these activities into our outdoor classroom is a must! …and so much fun! Denise Taddonio December 30, 2020 Log in to Reply Up until the pandemic, I had been working 1:1 with children in a Montessori preschool. Besides the fact that my work there was mostly indoors, I find Sobel’s principles to have much in common with Maria Montessori’s even though social play was not a prominent activity in my particular Montessori classrooms. On the subject of Freedom, I felt this common ground. Children had choices of what materials to work with and learned about freedom within the physical and social limits (aka “respect”) of their classmates and the materials. I now work completely remotely, zooming online, 1:1 with kindergarteners with ASD. I include a walk through my garden through zoom. Sparked by this workshop, I’m thinking, “OK, the walk features nature, but where’s the FREEDOM?” Here’s where I have some more work to do. Victoria Hackett December 30, 2020 Log in to Reply Fantastically deep reflections…what a year it has been to transition to full time 1-1 Zoom. I love that you are featuring walks in your garden and can’t wait to learn what you discover about Freedom. Denise Taddonio December 30, 2020 Log in to Reply Excited to have found a place to share! Victoria Hackett December 30, 2020 Log in to Reply Thrilled you are here! Denise Taddonio December 30, 2020 Log in to Reply For several years I’ve been working on what I refer to as my Retreet Project; developing and offering physical and virtual experiences guiding adults and children in deeper connections with nature. I feel everyone needs more nature, and now science too supports this. I am merging 2 of my passions: working with children (having decades of experience with children with disabilities) and my own passion for closer connections with nature for everyone. I particularly liked this workshop presenting Sobel’s nature principles for several reasons. First, these principles are not based on developmental age! Great premise for building inclusive activities that attract and engage adults and children with more diverse differences. As Victoria talked about Special Places, I immediately began to imagine watching a group of people in my forest with me, from toddlers to seniors/grandparents, with fabric and clothespins creating magic rooms, secret hideaways, whatever comes up… working/playing together! Victoria Hackett December 30, 2020 Log in to Reply I love this! I checked out your website and look forward to spending time learning more about your RETREET project. Thrilled you enjoyed this workshop. It is one of my favorites as we often don’t think about our amazing theorists tht have come before us. Thanks for all you do! 🙂 Leave A Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.