Nature Can Stimulate a Child's IQ and EQ
Research has indicated that children have a strong attraction to the great outdoors, purely because it is a source of never-ending stimulation. It stands to reason, then, that nature is undeniably one of the best teachers and most important factors in the growth of a child's EQ (emotional quotient) and IQ (intelligence quotient).
Learning from nature
A new branch of psychology, aptly dubbed eco-psychology, concentrates specifically on the effect of nature on human development. It has recently come up with the idea that we are all genetically programmed to have a strong attraction or affinity to nature.
It wasn't that long ago that man existed largely outdoors as hunter-gatherers, living off the riches of the land. This innate appreciation of nature's resources seems entrenched in our psyche and children appear to be remarkably conscious of this tenuous relationship, even though man is moving further and further away from a natural environment.
There is concrete evidence that living in pleasing natural environments like golf estates, national parks, botanical gardens and small holdings improves children's information recall dramatically and leads to creative problem solving as well as an increase in creativity across the board.
A child's attraction to nature also has to do with the fact that the natural environment gives them the opportunity to learn independently of adults and with almost complete autonomy (bar being watched over by adults for their protection, of course). This is an important lesson to learn and they love discovering the wonders of the family estate, golf property, nearby park or rural farmland without the interference of 'big people' sometimes.
On the other hand, children can learn good social skills by observing nature, as most creatures work in team and interact with one another, much in the same way socially healthy children and adults do.
The peace and tranquility of the great outdoors can also assist in your child's emotional and spiritual growth and stability, as they feel safe in their environment as well as with their parents. This tranquility is particularly valuable to children who have been through a difficult set of circumstances.
In addition, fresh air and lots of room to roam is beneficial to your child's health if they are encouraged to enjoy and make the best use of nature for exploration and physical activity.
Quite simply, encouraging their emotional, spiritual and intellectual capacity is crucial in the maturation of a well-rounded child and this kind of tuition and growth should take place not only in the classroom but the natural environment as well.
There is no doubt that living on or near a protected natural environment will do wonders for your child's EQ, IQ and overall development.
through the window:
Don't stand by
What will people
It doesn't look
five years have gone by since I last heard this admonishment. My
conservative and protective mother feared that
if her growing daughter were to be seen standing by the 'window'
,she would somehow emit wrong signals. Young girls were expected
to be shy, coy and reticent.
not know nor realize then that the forbidden domain of 'window'
would one day assume a different meaning altogether and would change
the vision I had of the world around me.
Much less did my
mother know that Windows would one day become the very tool through
which the entire world came to visit her daughter.
through Windows has become a whole new way of life. The youth
of course is very matter of fact about the magic of
Windows , because they woke up to the click of the mouse and
to the blink of the screen.
Others grew up
to it as a tool to efficacy and a bow to technology.
I am sure there
are many like me who gasp and choke in awe.
I am amazed at
the connectivity that this electrifying wonder has provided
us with. Earlier it was said,' so near yet so far'. Thanks to internet,
today we can say,' so far yet so near '.I have been absolutely dumbfounded
at the 'death of distance'.
Today I can afford
to smile wryly at the norms of decorum and propriety
which were designed to keep the world on the other side
of the Window away from me.
When I look
through Windows today I see thousands of faces peering back at me
through similar Windows. All of them are like mirrors. I see reflected
in them my dreams, my half written stories, my unfinished
poems ,my hopes and my fears. I see the faces dissolve into a consistent
psychedelic pattern and my eyes span the horizon and drink
in a view from the Window which is ever so beautiful and ever so
Forgive me Mom,
I love you so much , I am your ever obedient daughter, but just
this once, can I breathe in the fresh air as I stand by the Window?
Uma V Nagpal