Children in Nature

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Over the past decade, learning through landscapes has demonstrated the powerful influence of the external environment on children. (Lucas, 1996) finds that to make the outdoor environment successful is through investigation and exploration of children in their environmental knowledge and also living environment. He found that the environment is more meaningful to the wellbeing of the children. This finding is also supported the review by (Titman, 1996) on the hidden curriculum of their school life. She found that how the school grounds affect the children’s behaviour and happiness and she indicated the steps which adults can take to ensure that the educational environment meets the needs of the children. Experiences with nature were also need to be explored. Outdoor learning for children is especially powerful; their responses to sensory and tactile stimuli are rich and empowering. According to (Dunne, 2000), pupils are most likely to succeed when they are involved in doing activities rather than academic learning, and environmental education is an ideal activity learning medium. To achieve the concept, special schools see the wide range of benefits which their children derive from using appropriately landscaped grounds. This was also be supported by (Marcus and Barnes, 1999) said that gardens with natural features that process restorative properties to the people including children with illness or physical and mental impairment. Previous research has shown that the healing benefits of sensory gardens. All children have right to play. The recovering of children illness could be achieved by play therapy (said, 2002). This kind of therapy help children being exposed to the outdoor environment and thus has improved the wellbeing ... ... middle of paper ... ...Ed.), Communicating with the healthcare community about plant benefits: Proceedings of the Sixth International People Plant Symposium, Floriade, June 14, 2002 (pp. 2-10). Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden. 22. Vapaa, A.G., (2002). Healing Gardens: Creating Places for Restoration, Meditation and Sanctuary. Unpublished master thesis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States. 23. World Health Organization (2011). National Health Accounts Data and Statistics. Retrieved January 14, 2011, from http://www.who.int/nha/en/index.html 24. Wong, A. (2010). Break Free: Children’s emotional and physical well-being in the green outdoors. Mychild, December Edition, pp. 50-53. 25. Worden, E.C., (2003). Environmental Horticulture: Lawn and garden design of sensory garden. Unpublished Doctorial thesis, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
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