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    Have any of you read about or heard about the forest kindergardens in Denmark!?! I would so let dd do this!

    What's the deal with those 'wild' Danish kids? - The Local



    This is what we are trying to do here in America! Tinkergarten is all about letting your kids explore nature, get messy, and take risks. They can wonder as far as they want. As log as we can see them and they can see us. Helicopter parenting is not something we do in Tinkergarten. Today is was crazy messy mud play. And, one activity is catching the wind. We find sticks and tie fabric to them creating a way for kids to chase the wind. Some parents are worried about children running with sticks. But, I feel like this is a part of growing up and learning about safety without it being so overly enforced. Children need to feel free to take risks. Thank you so much for posting this article! I love it!

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    I so wish I had known about this when dd was younger. She would have loved it! About 3 weeks ago we went camping and she was still amazed by the turkey feathers and made a headband with one. Then she sat an watched the dung beetles roll dung on the ground. And a walking stick the size of a paper clip crawling up the posts. Then the dozens of humming birds at the check in station. Nature is amazing! If anyone is in Texas, South Llano state park is awesome!
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deli76 View Post
    I so wish I had known about this when dd was younger. She would have loved it! About 3 weeks ago we went camping and she was still amazed by the turkey feathers and made a headband with one. Then she sat an watched the dung beetles roll dung on the ground. And a walking stick the size of a paper clip crawling up the posts. Then the dozens of humming birds at the check in station. Nature is amazing! If anyone is in Texas, South Llano state park is awesome!
    I would love to see a headdress made out of turkey feathers! Camping is such an enriching experience for families and children. I'm sure it was so magical for her to watch hummingbirds up close. And, even more magical for you to watch her watch them 😊 I will have to look into this park thank you!

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    This is a MAJOR reason we are moving to homeschooling. My son is in kindergarten for 7 hours a day, and gets ONE recess. Any minor infractions throughout the school day, and he loses what little recess he has. He's an active, physical kiddo. He comes home almost everyday telling me that he lost recess for things like taking too long in the bathroom or laying down on the music room floor instead of sitting up with his legs folded. The child NEEDS the movement, and they just continue to take it away.

    We were pretty certain we wanted to homeschool before Spring Break, so I spent the week trying to think like a homeschooling parent - we learned a LOT that week, but it was very informal, and mostly outdoors. We collected bits of nature - flowers, leaves, pine needles, and so on - from the park, and then came home and categorized it all. We were able to talk about why and how scientists classify things, about the similarities and differences of different things in nature, why they grouped things together the way they did. It gave me a great insight into how each of my kids sees the world. My 6 year old classified his items by where they came from - leaves and pine needles went together because they both came off of trees, for instance. My 3 year old classified her items entirely by texture. They both still talk about that day, and ask if we can play that game again often.

    Best of all, my 6-year-old, who has been a tired, cranky, anxious mess for most of the school year, was back to his light-hearted, laid-back-but-active self. Seeing the transformation was the only confirmation I needed that homeschooling was the right decision for us as a family.

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