Young Nautilus: 6 Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature
ver wondered whether your children are missing out on the lessons offered beyond the classroom walls? Is there a need for us to venture back into learning among nature?
Children today live in a modern world, with technological advancements that allow them to catch virtual Pokémon in an actual world. They have fewer opportunities for outdoor learning and regular contact with the natural world. Researchers have mainly attributed the cause to a “culture of fear”. And with the outbreak of communicable, insect-borne diseases such as the Zika virus, parents are increasingly concerned about the safety of their children in the outdoors, where factors are less controllable. Fears of ultraviolet rays, potential hazards and various forms of pollutions further tip the scales against outdoor play and learning.
However, a loss of contact with nature would be a major loss for us. The benefits of connecting children with nature have long been documented, and here are six reasons why exposing children to nature is essential for their growth and development.
Emotional, Social & Physical Development
Nature is important to children’s development in emotionally, socially and physically. Observing and understanding how animals behave in their natural habitats promote empathy for other beings, and allow them to view the world beyond themselves. Children who experience diverse natural settings also tend to more physically active, while learning with their peers improves social skills.
Young Nautilus’ slightly challenging rocky intertidal walk at Labrador Park is a good stepping stone for children to explore our physical world.
Stimulation of Senses
It is essential that our children are raised to respect nature and freely develop their five senses in its wonders. However, it is rare for young children to interact with nature without risking their well-being. Parents, do not fret, as there are alternatives to this conundrum. Young Nautilus has developed a programme to stimulate a child’s senses in nature without compromising their safety.
The Marine Discoverers’ Skit aims to bring the outdoors indoors to promote natural learning in a controlled environment. This achieves the best of both worlds, by letting our children learn through their natural senses and safeguarding their well-being at the same time.
Sources of Inspiration & Creativity in Problem Solving
What do Velcro, the Japanese bullet train, wind turbines and the speedo swimsuit have in common? These innovative inventions were inspired by the observation and creative application of nature’s mechanics. Similarly, the way squids propel themselves forward in water has inspired efficient modification of modern propulsion systems.
To find out the process and science behind this fascinating yet under-valued invention, do join our Squid Dissection workshops with your children to experience being a scientist for a day and hopefully inspire them to create the next era-defining product.
Bonding with Family
When was the last time you had a good learning session together with your children? A good way to bond with your children could be an adventure at a secret zone to unearth new discoveries together.
Most of us have been to Changi Beach, but how many of us have truly explored the mysteries presented at the marine zone which appear only periodically? Let the educators of Young Nautilus reveal this secret venue to you and your family.
Improvement in Academic Performance
While we learn much about the world within classroom walls, studies have shown the importance of outdoor learning in enhancing academic performance. An interaction that engages all five senses is more effective than theoretical learning as it results in more comprehensive learning. As Confucius said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Learning about swampy wetlands and their inhabitants from a book is fine, but what could be better than taking a stroll through the mangrove trees in Sungei Buloh with Young Nautilus and immersing ourselves in the embrace of Mother Nature?
Regardless of whether your children are progressing to a new schooling environment, or facing tremendous pressure to score in the PSLE, they are inevitably exposed to stress. Why not let your children put down their books and pencils and relax amid nature’s greenery and vistas?
Rustic Coney Island is a perfect place for your children to venture to. Furthermore, an elusive marine intertidal zone awaits us in the middle of the island. Let Young Nautilus guide you and family into this serene hideaway, far from the bustling city.
Despite the uncertainties that are present in an uncontrolled environment, the benefits to your child’s growth and development far outweigh the potential disadvantages. To further alleviate your concerns, join us now on our guided tour to experience how Young Nautilus ensures the safety of its participants, while still maximising the hands-on learning our programmes deliver.
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