Chavitos! Nature School

Nature Inspired, Spanish Immersed

Ages 2-5 and Grades K-5

Articles

The links below help illuminate the philosophy and theories behind our Nature Immersion philosophy.

Websites

This website has links to scientific studies that prove the many benefits of spending time in nature, including better eyesight and better standardized test scores!

Resources for green living and how to have conservation in your home or when doing home projects.


Organizations

  • Seattle's Childrens Playgarden: https://www.childrensplaygarden.org/ The PlayGarden was founded in 2002 on the core principles of Adventure Play, Garden to Table and Full Inclusion the PlayGarden was designed to be a safe, supportive, accessible and innovative place for children of all abilities to play.
  • Natural Start Alliance: https://naturalstart.org/ The Natural Start Alliance is a network of people and organizations that believe that all young children need frequent opportunities to experience, learn from, and care for nature and the environment through high-quality education. The Alliance, a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education, serves as a backbone organization to focus and amplify the collective impact of the people and organizations that share this common vision

Recommended Books

The Last Child in the Woods

by Richard Louv, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, ©2005

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

by Richard Louv, ©2016

Growing Up Wild – Exploring Nature with Young Children

by The Council For Environmental Education, ©2009

A Child’s Work – the importance of fantasy play

by Vivian Gussin Paley, University of Chicago Press, ©2004

Place-Based Education

by David Sobel, The Orion Society, ©2004

Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, ©2013


Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff  


Grow Wild ©2021 and Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman ©2021


Ancestral skills resources

I recommend the Swedish Mora knife for children. With finger guard and smaller handle. You can keep it sharp with regular kitchen knife sharpener. Amazon sells it here.

Books on whittling:

Rageweed forge. Find the website here

Help to teach about the moon cycles:

Kids Moon from Wilder Child. Helps you have nature-connected parenting. Sign up is done once a year in December.  

Indigenous Education Resources


Tips for Teaching about Native Peoples: An article from the Burke Museum on how to use respectful strategies for teaching about the indigenous tribes.  


Since Time Immemorial: Found on the OSPI website. In 2015, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 5433 modifying the original 2005 legislation, now requiring the Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State or other tribally-developed curriculum be taught in all schools. The use of the Since Time Immemorial curriculum has been endorsed by all 29 federally recognized tribes. The lessons are broken down into different age groups making it easy to find appropriate lessons for your child's age.


How to honor native land: A video of acknowledging the native land and the four directions.   It's so important to give thanks to the land and to the original habitants and stewards of the land.