Beyond Ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand and care for nature. This expanded . Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education By DAVID SOBEL excerpted with permission from Beyond Ecophobia David Sobel is a regular. Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education. Sobel, David. Clearing, v91 p Nov-Dec Discusses the counterproductive trap of.

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Paperback45 pages. Beyond Ecophobia is a very quick read, but it packs a pretty powerful punch into those few pages.

The basic message of the book is to not overburden very young children with the problems of the world but rather allow them to fall in love and then explore nature. Most nature study or environmental education in American elementary schools lasts a matter of weeks, maybe a month.

I think we took a turn somewhere. And, after a year and a half, they not only witnessed the removal of the 50, barrels and the beginnings of the EPA clean up, but they wrote legislation, lobbied legislators, and saw the passage of a Utah state beynod that set up a hazardous waste clean up fund.

One way to find the answer is to figure out what contributes to the development of environmental values in adults. Other editions – View all Beyond Ecophobia: The answer was obvious: The Maze Runner James Beyone.

Cultivating relationships with animals, both real and imagined, is one of the best ways to foster empathy during early childhood.

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More bird games followed. David Sobel writes with clarity how children are being denied what used to be taken for granted as part of childhood–being comfortable with nature and identifying with it. There are some great examples of activities conducted with kids This is really more of an essay than a book only 36 pages but important nonetheless as it explores environmental education for children, connecting different types of activities to different ages.


Mark Arwin rated it it was amazing Oct 13, behond In response to physical and sexual abuse, children learn distancing techniques, ways to cut themselves off from the pain. If you love the earth and love children, this is a must read! Over the past 10 years, Ecopnobia have collected neighborhood maps from hundreds of children in the US, England, and the Caribbean. Though these age frames need to be considered flexibly, my belief is that environmental education should have a different tenor and style during each of these stages.

These new homes in the wild, and the journeys of discovering them, are the basis for bonding with the natural world. We need to cultivate a sensitivity to this developmental geography of childhood.

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Jul 29, Laura rated it really liked it. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Children want to run like deer, to slither along the ground like snakes, to be clever as a fox and evophobia like a bunny. Mar 31, Leah rated it really liked it.

Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

Skylar Primm rated it it was amazing Dec 11, A flock of birds leaped into action, flying through the forests, exploring life as birds. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Forts and dens, these special places of childhood that are both found and built, appear to be crucially important for many children from ages eight to eleven. Social gathering places such as the mall, the downtown luncheonette, and the town park take on new significance.


From ages four to seven, children’s homes fill the center of their maps, and much of their play is within sight or earshot of the home. Rather, we speculated on what it is about birds that appeals to children.

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Skye Ann Louise Taylor. Some good ideas, a lot of generalizations based on the author’s rather narrow viewpoint, not backed by solid research.

What a simple solution. The woods behind the school and the neighborhood streets and stores are the places to rcophobia. Communicating Nature Julia B. We can cure the malaise of ecophobia with ecophilia —supporting children’s biological tendency to bond with the natural world.

Jul 22, Julia rated it really liked it.

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Through analyzing these maps and doing interviews and field trips with these same children, I have found clear patterns of development in the relationship between the child and his or her expanding world. Because we had started at their level of developmental fascination, had facilitated empathy through their participation in bird consciousness, we prepared them to objectify and enter the more cognitive realm of bird knowledge.

Teaching the world’s problems to our students overwhelms them and causes the to disengage. And, not least of all, I thought this trip would be fun.