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Clip: In Nature Preschoolers Build Confidence

Clip: In Nature Preschoolers Build Confi...

When we filmed preschoolers navigating the woods in Rock Creek Park for our film, Mother Nature’s Child, we found that what the researchers say is true: rather than bullying, children on an outdoor adventure together tend to support and encourage each other. Building confidence on nature outings? Look at Lucy turn back to survey the challenge she just surmounted (crossing the stream, stepping stone by stepping stone) before she heads up the hill! Children can grow in every way when you take them...
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Richard Louv: Play and Executive Function

Richard Louv: Play and Executive Functio...

In our interview with author Richard Louv for Mother Nature’s Child, he spoke about the important connection between free play and the development of “executive function” in children. Here’s an out-take from our interview. We wish we’d had time in the film to go into more depth about all the ways that play and time outside benefit children’s development and...
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2012 Kroka Vermont Semester

2012 Kroka Vermont Semester...

Every year since we first met (and filmed!) Misha Golfman and the crew from Kroka Expeditions in 2009, we inwardly rejoice to hear that a new group of students have begun their journey north on the Vermont Semester ski and canoe adventure. The group is organized so that every student has a specific job and they switch throughout the trip so everyone gets to learn different skills. One of the jobs we especially appreciate is that of the “scribe” who sends wonderful updates describing the myriad joys and difficulties along the way. Here’s a photo of the...
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MNC INTERVIEW OUT-TAKES

MNC INTERVIEW OUT-TAKES...

Welcome to Mother Nature’s Child. We’d like to remind you that, besides a trailer and information about the film, creative personnel, screening events, viewer comments, resources, and ordering information, the website also offers out-takes from interviews we shot. Scroll down to “Categories” and select “Interviews” to find interesting clips that, due to time constraints or other editing concerns, didn’t make it into the film. We will continue to post these out-takes and hope that you will share your own comments and...
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Freedom to Roam?...

When we interviewed parents for Mother Nature’s Child, we heard different perspectives about how much freedom kids should be allowed. Should they be able to explore their neighborhood on their own? How much of their time should be structured and scheduled? What about downtime? Here the mother of a nine year old boy talks about her approach. What’s yours? Leave a...

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