Current research shows that children are becoming more disconnected from nature due to fast technologies and modern living. I believe that we need to harness our children’s imaginations to the joys and mysteries of the world whilst they are at their most receptive age.
Can you be the good fairy to inspire your child?
These are the inspiring words of Rachel Carson, an environmental pioneer of the 1960’s. Here is an extract from an article she wrote for the Woman’s Home Companion in 1956.
A child’s world is fresh, new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe inspiring is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to reside over children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructable that it would last throughout life……..
…..If a child is to keep alive their inborn sense of wonder they need the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with them the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
A beautifully illustrated book to treasure created from this article is The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson and Kaiulani Lee.
Help your child to fill their world with colour
There is a unique window of opportunity in terms of child development between the ages of 4 – 9 when a child is like a blank canvas to absorb the wonders of their surroundings. I am inspired by the words of the writer and educator Paul Sheppard who speaks of:
the ark of the mind, a decade from the beginnings of speech to the onset of puberty is all we have to load the ark. With animals, with plants, with place, with sunrises and moonsets, with wildness.
How does Hellie’s World help a Child to Wonder?
By reading Hellie’s World books with your child, reflecting on the questions, engaging with the simple activities and having fun together you can help your child to develop their curiosity and their own unique sense of wonder.