How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature

How to Raise a Wild Child The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature This timely significant work carries a far reaching message for families and the planet Publishers Weekly In a time when the connection between humans and the rest of nature is most vulnerable Scott

  • Title: How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature
  • Author: Scott D. Sampson
  • ISBN: 9780544705296
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • This timely, significant work carries a far reaching message for families and the planet Publishers Weekly In a time when the connection between humans and the rest of nature is most vulnerable, Scott offers parents and teachers a book of encouragement and knowledge, and to children, the priceless gift of wonder Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and Th This timely, significant work carries a far reaching message for families and the planet Publishers Weekly In a time when the connection between humans and the rest of nature is most vulnerable, Scott offers parents and teachers a book of encouragement and knowledge, and to children, the priceless gift of wonder Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle The average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores Most critical of all, abundant time in natural settings seems to yield long term benefits in kids cognitive, emotional, and social development How to Raise a Wild Child is a timely and engaging antidote, offering teachers, parents, and other caregivers the necessary tools to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world With wisdom, intellect, and empathy, Sampson provides us with a bounty of simple yet profound ways we can enter this natural world, oftentimes starting in our very own backyards Lili Taylor, actor, mom, and board member of the American Birding Association Sampson makes a cogent case for the importance of cultivating a nature connection in children and offers thoughtful guidance on how to do so amid today s pressures of hectic, high tech, increasingly urbanized life Scientific American MIND

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    1. Notes I took on the book are below, but basically the main point is: go outside, and take your kids with you. Benefits to an outdoor lifestyle range from brain development, health (both physical and mental), spiritual, sense of belonging in time and space, etc. There is no downside to spending time outside other than a larger pile of laundry to do when you get home. How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott SampsonReasons for the movement indoors:• Screens• Parental fear (abduction, injury, etc.) [...]

    2. How To Raise A Wild Childis a very thorough, well-written piece that is a must read for any parent, caregiver or educator.Scott D. Sampsonexpresses beautifully how important having a nature mentor is for children in a highly driven technology-focused world. I can already hear the critics getting ready to balk at the thought of having to put down their smartphones, butwait-for-itSampson doesn't down-play the need for technology in this digital age we find ourselves in. Instead he presents ways to [...]

    3. Dude, I entered the giveaway for this back in December. How did I not notice that he is a dinosaur paleontologist and vice president of research and collections for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, as well as host of the PBS children’s series “Dinosaur Train”???This is when I wish I loved closer to town. I'd never make it home and then back down here in time. How to help kids fall in love with nature at the next 'Colorado Matters at the Tattered'

    4. I love parts of this book.As a child development grad, nature educator, and mom to six, I agree wholeheartedly that free play is where connection happens. Experiences and environment shape us. I also agree that technology can be a valuable tool to connecting with nature, in moderation. Sampson rightly asserts that we don’t have to know it all but we do need to MODEL a love for nature and inquisitiveness in finding out. He describes how important it is not to lead or quiz but ask open questions [...]

    5. The first half of this book was awesome! So much great insight into the importance of nature and how to raise a generation of kids who love and respect it. I agree that we need to better understand and have a connection to nature if it has a hope of survival in the future. I especially appreciated the tidbits about mentoring, as I think that is really best way to teach children. BUT, you can stop reading at page 145. The last two sections are pretty much useless and a repeat of what has already [...]

    6. I received an advanced copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewd while the book hasn't been "offically released"(it comes out Monday, March 24th 2015), it appears as if my five-star review falls slightly above where other reviews have placed it. That said, if you read the reviews the others share, there *are* a few reasons why it may not exactly be 5-stars for you. It's a bit redundant. The author's daughter is a tree-hugger. All I can say is: big deal. I happened to h [...]

    7. So first a disclaimer: I did not actually read every page of this book. I read several chapters and skimmed others, but I feel as though I did read enough to write a fair review.Part of my reason for disliking this book is my own fault. I focused much more on the first part of the title ("How to Raise a Wild Child") than on the second part ("The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature"). I was searching for a book with practical lessons about how to introduce my kid(s) to nature, with per [...]

    8. It all started when our daughter wouldn't stand on grass.I - an urban, indoor kid - married an outdoorsy man who has fond memories of all kinds of outdoorsy things I'd only read about in books. We both really want to give our daughter a childhood that looks more like his, but I noticed that over the summer we tended to gravitate more toward things from my childhood - mom & me classes, errands, and air conditioning. I turned to this book hoping to find a way to bridge that gap.The writing was [...]

    9. How to Raise a Wild Child is inspiring, informative and interesting. Written by the paleontologist who appears at the end of the Dinosaur Train programs, it is full of data from research, intelligent comparisons and analogies and small and big ways to instill interest and love of our natural world in children.

    10. I can't recommend this book enough, whether you just have birth to your first child, or your youngest just started high school. The "nature deficit" is very real and our kids are the ones who have it the worst. There is a ton of practical advice in the book, as well as powerful and inspiring stories showcasing how thing can be different if we fall in love with nature. I really enjoyed the writing as well, it was engaging and emotive, pulling me in and giving me something to invest in. This book [...]

    11. I agree with pretty much everything Dr. Scott (from Dinosaur Train - my son is a fan!) says in this book. He is an outstanding advocate for children (and their parents) experiencing and falling in love with nature. If his ideas were implemented in our country, childhood and public education would both be transformed into richer experiences, I'm sure. I just couldn't read it any longer. Unfortunately, it got repetitive and it sort of meandered. I heard the call from the many other books waiting i [...]

    12. Like many "how to" books, this one was repetitive as well. I remember being taught to write the "5 paragraph essay" and we were told "Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them."Maybe good advice for kids learning to write, but not so much for adults maybe. Despite that complaint, I appreciated what Dr. Scott had to say about getting kids outside and enjoying nature. I like that he had different approaches and ideas for activities for various developmental [...]

    13. There were parts that I really enjoyed, but I think the book would have been better if it were about 1/3 as long.

    14. I usually avoid “parenting” books like the plague but I am interested in the topic, having two little kids in nature-centric Seattle, so I thought I’d give this a skim. Wow. I was not expecting to find this book so emotional and moving. Yes, the book is about making the case that connecting children to nature is important for their health and well-being. But what I found to be the most powerful message in this book is the idea that a deep connection with nature can give us a profound sense [...]

    15. How To Raise A Wild Child proposes the following important thought for the reader's consideration: Many children today are "over-scheduled, overprotected, and over-screened--living under effective `house arrest'." What have these three things created? Obese children, children with ADD, children with weakened immunity systems, children with allergies, to name only a few problems.Author Scott D. Sampson provides a vast number of outdoors activities that will hopefully get kids back outdoors and ke [...]

    16. I will sadly admit, my girls are not around nature much. I grew up mostly indoors and have little exposure to nature where we live. As I was looking for a place to get started, this was the perfect book. The first thing I liked was it was not written in a judgemental way. It covered many important ways to get started without having to much background information. I also liked how some of the ideas can be used both in a city and nature areas. I think my favorite idea was for a sit spot. (You will [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this book and found a lot of value in it. I would say that I am a fairly nature literate person. Not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I was worried this would be a review of what I already knew, but I was glad to be wrong. The information I found here caused my perspective to shift, all while giving me tools to be a nature mentor to the kids in my life. Highly recommended!-------"A childhood lived almost entirely indoors immersed in technology is an impoverished [...]

    18. "In the end, raising a wild child is much more about seeding love than knowledge." I think that quote pretty much sums up the entire book. I loved that this book ended each chapter with practical ideas for cultivating love of nature. I also appreciated that there were sections devoted to each phase of childhood and appropriate nature experiences for each stage. However, I did find this book to be repetitive in parts and certain sections seemed to drag on and on. I think this book could've been a [...]

    19. This book was really great. The passion Dr. Scott has for nature is evident and this book was full of big ideas and hopes for a green-er generation. That being said, this book was intimidating. I do not profess to be as quite of a nature-lover as Dr. Scott, nor do I have the same amount of outside experience, so the idea of nature mentoring was very foreign to me. Even after reading this book, I'm still not quite sure to start because it seems like such an overwhelming task. Maybe if I had a gre [...]

    20. I very much enjoyed this book, but (fortunately) much of the information was already aligned with my (and family's) thinking. Not to say I didn't gain some new information, there definitely was some. I do feel like the book page count could be fine tuned and reduced, as some information is reinforced on more than several occasions throughout different sections. I do understand when "teaching" you do want some repetition to reinforce what you're learning, so didn't discourage my reading it. If yo [...]

    21. I was looking for a book to really encourage me to get my child into nature and practical ways to do so. While this book touches on that, it almost read like a textbook at times. I felt like it was written more for an educator than a parent. There was a lot of research and scientific information that I wasn't really interested in and not as many practical ideas as I had hoped. The major theme is how important it is to take your child out into nature and have them just explore and engage in it. I [...]

    22. my kids love dinosaur train, and we like exploring outside so I figured it was worth checking out. it's a great idea and I'm glad some is writing it, but it seemed very academic at time with studies and researchers being discussed. I listened to the audio book and now I need to go get the paper book so I can write down hit top tips and suggestions as they got lost in the stories and research. it does motivate me to get my kids out in nature more and to be a nature mentor without knowing all the [...]

    23. I loved this book. Living in Colorado has expanded my exposure and appreciation of nature. I want to extend that appreciation to my native born Colorado children. We live in the mountains to enjoy the mountain settings, hike, see animals, streams, and not take for granted our beautiful surroundings. I want to deepen my connection with nature and the bed way I have found is to get out there and experience it with my kids.

    24. I enjoyed this but the last 75 pages or so seemed to drag for me. Main points: get outside and bring your kids with you, no matter their age. I liked the practical tips mixed with research so it was easier to connect with. Note, in case you’d be bothered by it, that the author writes about The Big Bang Theory a couple times and evolution is discussed throughout (particularly within ecosystems and how nature has changed over time due to our interactions with it).

    25. I really enjoyed this book both on a personal level and as an educator, I really enjoyed the layout of this book and found it really easy to follow the major concepts and break downs of age groups to help me when it comes to my programming with the metroparks and the library I currently work for. Although I don't currently have children, it also had a lot of good ideas I hope to remember and incorporate if/when I do become a parent.

    26. There's a lot to love about this book, but it was written to convince parents they need to take their kids outside more, specifically into nature, observing, and I suspect those who would pick up this book already know that. A few good suggestions for how to kid your kids interacting and interested, but most of that was common sense. Still, a good read.

    27. I really wanted to love this - and I really didn't.I agree with the big ideas, but the execution was painful to me. It bounced between personal anecdotes, sounding like a term paper, and parenting tips. His suggestions were so much more narrow and concrete then I expected - it's hard to imagine I'll give a second thought to most of them. And then that epilogue? Seriously, WTF was that?

    28. Great book that finds a way to explain the dire need we have to connect our kids to nature while acknowledging the usefulness of technology. Great tips and ideas and loads of resources to tap into. I appreciated that he's not an alarmist causing panic. Just common sense that should appeal to all teaching and parenting styles.

    29. All the ideas outlined in the book are great, but if you're already familiar with the subject matter (e.g. have read Richard Louv, Jon Young, etc.) you will find that there's not much new material here, and it get's repetitive. That said, if you're totally new to the concept of nature play and it's many benefits, this could be a good starting point.

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