12 Feb Nature – The Best Teacher
The universe is quite mysterious.
Everyday, dedicated naturalists and scientists bring forth fascinating discoveries. An estimated 10 million or more species exist on earth excluding the various microorganisms and viruses.
So far, Science has helped us in identifying only around 2 million species of living organisms. This cataloged data includes more than 2 lakh species of plants and trees, more than 43 thousand species of fungi and 9 lakh species of birds, insects and animals.
We homo sapiens are only one among this enormous list of species! As we align ourselves to this profound fact, it can make us feel very small.
But that isn’t the point here.
The point is about coexistence.
How much of an effort are we putting to get closer to the reality that there are many other species with whom we share our earth and its resources?
Humans have evolved so fast with the help of scientific research. We have built concrete structures, added comforts and constantly upgraded technology to arrive at a space of mechanised routine.
Why then, do we look for an escape into the wild when we are tired of our regular life? Have we ever thought why we feel refreshed when we are amidst greenery?
The Science Behind It
The transition we experience when we find ourselves surrounded by flowing water, trees, flowers, birds or any of the beautiful creatures is a unique phenomenon.
Nature is not a separate entity from us!
When we are in such a setting, neurons in our brain get activated due to the natural impulses. It’s the genetic makeup of a homosapien that does this magic. Pausing, observing and reflecting on all the living things around us promotes deep connection with self.
Research shows that children display reduced anxiety, greater concentration, less brooding and lowered stress when they are in an open environment. Embracing nature opens up a plethora of possibilities in a child’s inquisitive mind, boosting their creativity and social skills.
Learning in Nature’s Lap
When babies are born, they learn from their immediate surroundings and thrive. But since they are safely tucked in homes away from the rest of the world, they seldom get an opportunity to use their natural instincts. Tender minds respond to learning with enthusiasm, when the words they speak, the pictures they see, the numbers they count, the songs they sing and the art they create, are aligned to the surrounding biodiversity.
They get connected to their roots.
Sowing seeds, seeing the plants grow, and harvesting the fruits or vegetables from the plants they tended to, become experiences they will cherish. Learning about the various insects, birds and animals around them in early childhood, results in greater appreciation of their role in the ecological system. Understanding that trees are a boon to the human race and an essential part of the ecosystem, enhances sensitivity towards nature.
Srishti Gyan – Inspiring Children
Samashti’s thoughtfully conceived ‘Srishti Gyan’ curriculum includes walks around the serene campus for observation, specific sessions under the open sky, vegetable farming, harvesting the produce and bonding with trees. Srishti Gyan books are specially designed to introduce children to the diversity in nature using numeracy, vocabulary, art, rhymes and stories based on animals, fruits, vegetables and all life forms.
With relevant knowledge and invigorated minds, their ability to experience the beauty of inclusiveness in this universe expands by leaps and bounds. They become aware, responsible and considerate individuals ready to protect and co-exist with all the wonderful species on Earth.