Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Vitamin N

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Vitamin N

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By Richard Louv. $15.95. 277 pp. Algonquin. Chapel Hill, NC. 2016. ISBN: 9781616205782.

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In 2005, the New York Times bestseller Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, introduced the term "nature-deficit disorder" to the education community. In Vitamin N, Louv has provided a thoughtful and practical guide to establishing and ensuring a successful relationship between children and the outdoors.

Parents and teachers alike will find this new guidebook invaluable. Louv offers hundreds of tips adults can employ to share information about nature with their children. He advocates passionately for independent, free play outdoors. He recognizes parents' fears about such dangers as Lyme disease, and he advises parents and teachers about simple and effective preventive measures.

Louv is hardly anti-technology, as he praises the many educational possibilities of computers and wireless communication in children's lives. However, he cautions against teachers or families substituting virtual experiences for actual outdoor learning. …

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