Chavitos! Nature School
The links below help illuminate the philosophy and theories behind our Nature Immersion philosophy.
This website has links to scientific studies that prove the many benefits of spending time in nature, including better eyesight and better standardized test scores!
Resources for green living and how to have conservation in your home or when doing home projects.
This powerful interview by a neuroscientist attests to the underrated educational value of play for young children. Combining unstructured play with a natural outdoor setting turns out to be excellent preparation for later academics. German researchers have found that children who attend a Forest Kindergarten actually perform better on standardized tests when they enter public school than their peers who were pushed into learning numbers and letters at the preschool stage.
Click this link for a great article which reports evidence about how playing in the dirt could make you smarter
- Seattle's Childrens Playgarden: https://www.childrensplaygarden.org/ The PlayGarden was founded in 2002 on the core principles of Adventure Play, Garden to Table and Full Inclusion the PlayGarden was designed to be a safe, supportive, accessible and innovative place for children of all abilities to play.
- Natural Start Alliance: https://naturalstart.org/ The Natural Start Alliance is a network of people and organizations that believe that all young children need frequent opportunities to experience, learn from, and care for nature and the environment through high-quality education. The Alliance, a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education, serves as a backbone organization to focus and amplify the collective impact of the people and organizations that share this common vision
The Last Child in the Woods
by Richard Louv, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, ©2005
Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life
by Richard Louv, ©2016
Growing Up Wild – Exploring Nature with Young Children
by The Council For Environmental Education, ©2009
A Child’s Work – the importance of fantasy play
by Vivian Gussin Paley, University of Chicago Press, ©2004
by David Sobel, The Orion Society, ©2004
Braiding Sweet Grass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer, ©2013
Ancestral skills resources:
I recommend the Swedish Mora knife for children. With finger guard and smaller handle. You can keep it sharp with regular kitchen knife sharpener. Amazon sells it here.
Books on whittling:
Rageweed forge. Find the website here.
Help to teach about the moon cycles:
Kids Moon from Wilder Child. Helps you have nature-connected parenting. Sign up is done once a year in December.