|All three of my sons enjoy digital photography to capture our time outdoors.|
A love of the natural world does not come automatically for all children and sometimes we need to find a way to hook them into getting outdoors. We live in a world of “wired” children….they have a lot of screen time each week as part of their normal routines. How do we get these children to move from their indoor screen to one that they can take outdoors?
- It slows them down.
- Helps them focus and really see an object.
- Everyday things in their own backyard can now be captured and viewed.
- They can see the beauty.
- They make their own connections.
- Perfect for our teens…they are comfortable with the technology and love to share with their friends.
|My teens both had cameras on last year’s trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. They took amazing images.|
Would Anna Botsford Comstock and Charlotte Mason have approved of this use of technology in the natural world? I think they would have accepted that sometimes we need to help our children make connections in a way that is comfortable to them. If our 21st Century children are using technology on a regular basis, they are going to find it an easier transition to move from inside screen time to outside time with the aid of a digital camera.
Using this month’s Insect Grid (from the September newsletter) and a digital camera might be just the invitation your child needs to get started on their own outdoor experiences this month. There is also the Bug’s Eye View activity and notebook page from last week that could encourage a little outdoor time and allow some creativity. You don’t need to travel far to capture great images with your digital camera…your own backyard will reveal some interesting subjects for even the youngest photographer.
|One of Mr. D’s calendar images.|
I have encouraged my children to take digital photos for a long time now. This past summer, I challenged my oldest son to capture six images for next year’s family calendar. He blew me away with his nature photography! They are all stunning….I shared one of the photos above.
Additional Links for More Information:
- 11 Simple Tips for Kids: Nature Photography from National Wildlife
- Digital Photography Helps Wired Kids Plug Into Nature – excellent article with lots of research to back up their thoughts
- A Closer Look by Richard Louv – from the man himself