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NWF Green Hour

Commentary on what parents should know about and can do to counteract common "nature deficit disorders" in our TV-watching, video game-playing children including encouraging a daily "Green Hour" of outside play and learning. A program of the National Wildlife Federation

Friday, December 09, 2005


The Curiosity Response

Everyone knows that kids are naturally curious, but how much do adults end up actually stifling this young enthusiasm? Many adults may not fully grasp how interested and excited children get about being outdoors. Let's chalk it up to being beaten down by years of schooling, demanding work and tight shedules. The Wisconsin Early Childhood Excellence Initiaitive points out, however, how important it is that children get a curiosity response. But it is the Teachers and day care workers who need to have the response -- not the kids! Take a look at the Wisconsin Initiative's web page pointing out how important it is to be alert for curiosity in children and to know what to do with it, no matter how basic.

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