Nature Study Part 1: Confessions of a Former Free Range Kid

Homeschooling, Nature Study
  “The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.” 
 ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder There is a curious term applied to kids who play outside beyond their backyards: Free-Range Kids. I was a free range kid in the seventies, but we all were. I ran wild, free, and barefoot through the woods with my little brother and our feisty wee terrier dog and sinister-looking Doberman. Usually a half dozen neighbor kids ran with us. My dad would holler at us to put on shoes because we might step on a scorpion, but we never did and it never happened, probably because we were so loud they all skittered away before we could trample…
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