Walking in Wonder…..I just finished re-reading this. I really enjoyed the fresh an positive perspective of this book. Written by an Orthodox woman, it impresses the importance of fostering a sense of wonder in children, helping them learn to serve others, cultivating a willingness to obey, as well as the ability to be still and listen. She suggests that these virtues will serve as tools in develping the ability to worship and to observe the Wonder of God and to see His hand in His creation and this life. The author is a mother as well as a Montessori teacher. She offers very practical applications at the end of each section…written with children under eight in mind. Definitely a good read.
The Last Child in the Woods…haven’t read it but I heard a blip on NPR about the author and the concept of the book. Basically the idea is that modern children spend little to no time playing in natural environments. It encourages outdoor play. With the onslaught of video games, television, and the cringing attitudes of parents toward the “dirtiness” of the outdoors children are missing out the opportunities children of previous generations took for granted. Building forts, digging in dirt, exploring, climbing trees, skinning knees, breaking bones, gathering sticks have been traded in for neatly polished activities which offer far less rewarding and lasting developmental benefits. The points seem obvious and I might not buy the book because I think I can pretty much surmise what he has to say, but it was inspiring to hear about…especially living in the borg (as James calls it) where exposing my kids to dirty, natural play does happen in the backyard, on hikes in the hills, etc. but is harder to come by and much less encouraged than in other areas of the world.
Lots to think about…
Hope you’re having a good Sunday!