Philosophy and Learning 

Children learn best through play, outdoor time and child-led exploration. Little Earth Childcare provides a variety of learning opportunities for your child using a nature-based curriculum, free and guided play and lots of time spent in the natural world!

Play is the highest form of research.”
― Albert Einstein

"Educating students to be emotionally responsive and responsible requires the education of feelings. Schools need to teach these lessons as well, as this means recognizing the important of the child's inner world." 

―Jack Petrash

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” 
― Rachel Carson

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."

― Fred Rogers 

Research and Further Reading

Six Ways Nature Helps Children Learn 

Don't Let Your Preschoolers Forget How to Play

10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

Last Child in the Woods 

Do Our Kids Have Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Some are hyperactive. Some are distracted. Some are obese. Schools can improve both health and learning by reintroducing students to the natural world.

A few years ago, I was deeply moved by a photograph I saw on the back page of a magazine. It showed a small boy at the ocean's edge, his tracks receding in the wet sand toward the water. Beyond the sand, one could see a gray sky, a distant island, and a long, even wave in the beginning of collapse. The boy had turned to face the photographer. His eyes were wide and his mouth was open in an exclamation of discovery. He was a picture of joy.

This powerful black-and-white image was accompanied by a short article explaining that this child had a problem—he was hyperactive and could not pay attention. Because he disrupted the other students, he had been expelled from school. At first, his parents did not know what to do. But they were observant. They had already seen how nature calmed their son and helped him focus. Over the next decade, they seized every opportunity to introduce him to the natural world—to beaches, forests, and dunes as well as to the rivers and mountains of the American West. The little boy turned out fine. The photograph was taken in 1907. The boy's name was Ansel Adams.

Richard Louv