In this blog, we will look into the significance of nurturing and developing a deep understanding of the world and nature for young children.
As parents and educators, we provide children with a holistic education that extends beyond the confines of our indoor environments. An essential part of their development is understanding the world and nature around them.
Our Wonderful World enrichment within the Brighter Learning Approach has been developed to support children develop an understanding of the environment, planet and world around them and is underpinned by the 3 aspects – Nature Explorers, Planet Protectors and My Community and Me.
Explaining the Wonderful World enrichment
Each of the 3 aspects linked to Wonderful World, help support and develop children’s knowledge of community, diversity, and the wider world around them. These are broken down as shown below:
Our Nature Explorers aspect empowers children to gain profound insights into the world whilst nurturing a passion for nature. Engaging in nature exploration enables them to observe, touch, and interact with the natural world, helping their scientific knowledge and critical thinking abilities.
As Nature Explorers, children delve into the realm of plants and animals, recognise the interconnectedness of ecosystems, and grasp the significance of preserving precious natural resources.
Amidst nature’s wonders, creativity, and imagination blossom, providing opportunities for activities and adventures. Through this aspect, children develop a heightened appreciation and a profound understanding of the world around them.
Instilling in children the knowledge of how they can contribute to protecting the planet fosters environmental consciousness and empowers them to make sustainable choices in their everyday routines. These eco-conscious practices include recycling, energy conservation, and waste reduction.
As we educate children about the planet and the environment, we cultivate in them a sense of environmental responsibility that will have a positive impact on both their lives and the planet’s well-being for generations to come.
As children gain a comprehensive understanding of their surroundings, they become adept at navigating them, making well-informed decisions, and becoming active and engaged.
This knowledge also fosters a sense of agency within them, empowering them to believe in their capability to effect change. By instilling this sense of agency, children are encouraged to take initiative, becoming adept problem solvers and critical thinkers.
What are some of the benefits of children learning about the world around them?
- Building a connection with their surroundings:
Understanding the world and nature around them allows children to establish a meaningful connection with their environment. By observing the natural world, children gain a sense of appreciation for their surroundings. This connection lays the foundation for a lifetime of caring for and preserving the environment.
- Fostering curiosity and a love for learning:
Exploring the world and nature sparks curiosity and stimulates children’s desire to learn. This love for learning is a powerful motivator that drives children to explore new concepts and delve deeper into understanding the world around them.
- Nurturing empathy and respect:
Understanding the world and nature enables children to develop empathy and respect for all living beings. This instills a sense of responsibility and compassion for the environment and its inhabitants.
- Encouraging physical and emotional well-being:
Spending time outdoors and engaging with nature promotes physical well-being in children. Activities like running, climbing, and exploring nature contribute to their overall health and vitality.
- Inspiring creativity and imagination:
The world around us serves as an endless canvas for creativity and imagination. Understanding nature and its marvels stimulates children’s imagination, allowing them to tell stories, create art and engage in play inspired by natural elements.
Our Wonderful World enrichment helps children to develop a holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things, whilst learning about the community helps children appreciate the diversity of individuals and groups within it, promoting a sense of inclusion and belonging.
Blog checked by: Kat Learner (Training & Professional Development Manager)