I (Cathy) sometimes wonder if children just need go outside and be part of nature. Life isn’t just about about being entertained. In our society of things, gadgets and high tech, this is sometimes overlooked. An experience can be about being contemplation or just learning to listen or observe. My high school visual arts teacher, Robert Bateman was gifted at encouraging us (his students) to practice this. He would tell us to just go sit in a field an look at one thing and listen. Pay attention. I think now this practice would be called “mindfulness”. As teachers, as parents, do we do encourage this? Just a thought.