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In our Tiny Treks classes we explore nature with young children.
In one of our classes we found some Roly Poly’s or Pill Bugs. The children made a circle around the bugs and watched them as the uncurled and moved slowly on the earth. They learned that when the Roly Poly felt threatened it would curl up in a ball.
One of the children held a bug in his hand. He was mesmerized.
He stood there simply holding this little black bug as it crawled on him. He knew if he tried to touch it, the bug would curl up in a ball. He held it carefully, so the bug would keep crawling.
We spent more time than we could have imagined simply holding these precious bugs as each child had a chance to experience first hand what it meant to be gentle.
We knew we could carry this lesson that unfolded naturally in the forest to other parts of their lives. We could use this moment of holding a little creature to help them understand how to treat a younger or older sibling.
We did not spend time lecturing them on what is gentle, they were able to embrace and experience it first hand in a magnificent way.
Recipe to Teach A Child to Be Gentle
This is the key to the entire experience, there is no set time. Some children can observe an ant hill for 30 minutes and others for two minutes. Take the time to give the child time.
Watch and Truly Enjoy!
Pamela Worth is the owner of Tiny Treks. Tiny Treks classes have encouraged families to get outside and explore for over 16 years. Visit our website at www.tinyteks.com or our Facebook page Facebook Tiny Treks.
Pam Worth MA, BCC is the founder of Tiny Treks (www.tinytreks.com), an innovative parent participation outdoor exploration program which has served thousands of families since 1997. Pam is also a
parent educator specializing in workshops on Healthy Lifestyles
for Families. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were
developed through her 30 years of experience in early childhood, elementary and parent education along with teacher mentorship, and family coaching. Currently, Pam is a guest lecturer at parenting workshops throughout the country and is
recognized for pioneering outdoor education programing for early childhood. She also specializes in guiding families to reducing media interference, identifying creative boundaries and alternatives to media usage. Pam focuses on Mindful Parenting through creative ideas and tools.
her at: email@example.com
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