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Connecting Kids With Nature

Afterschool is reading How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature, by Scott D. Sampson.

What's the key to raising a child who's connected to nature? Spend time outdoors.

"The path to becoming a wild child starts with being a wonder kid" (p.169). According to Sampson, a "wild child" shares a deep connection with nature and people. Doing so requires adult mentors for guidance. Largely building on Richard Louv's landmark Last Child in the Woods (2005), Sampson's book offers ten specific "secrets" for instilling a deep longing for nature in today's digital generation.

Generously interspersed with anecdotes about raising his daughter, Jade, Sampson attempts to provide parents with practical tips for helping children from an early age through adolescence love the great outdoors—admittedly a challenge for a "screen-addicted" generation.

Click here to read this book review in its entirety in the digital edition of AfterSchool Today.

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