We are starting a new chapter in our Pedagogy Playbook series for all who wish to learn more about sustainability, nature pedagogy and nature play-based learning.
This video was filmed over one year at WVELC. In it, you will see the children participating in meaningful, sustainable practices resulting in a corn harvest. Children were involved in all parts of the process, from planting to harvest. Along the way, they care for the land, the animals and each other.
“Environmental education should begin early in the child’s educational process, reflect the child’s culture, language and environmental situation, and increase the child’s understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment ... It should help children appreciate and enjoy the world and strengthen their capacity to respond to environmental challenges, including by encouraging and facilitating direct experience with the natural environment.”*
* [Obligations of environmental education, A/HRC/37/58 from the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.]