New Program for Tweens
We could not stand it anymore! :) Every week we had parents asking for a program for older kids. Most of our programs are suitable for children aged 2-8, but we know there is a huge group of young teenagers being bored at home and just as big a group of desperate parents trying to keep them active. So we decided to start a new program, the Wild@Heart Tweens, that we would like to devote to the 9-12-year-old tweens! Here are some important areas of development and learning that we believe this age group will encounter:
Children learn to work in a team on a common goal, such as building a raft. They need to communicate, learn how to work effectively as a group and how to listen and address everyone’s ideas.
Adventure and risk encounter
We love adventure! We on purpose bring kids into situations that bring a low level of risk but will push them out of their comfort zone. It may be a big jump, it may be a challenge to build something new, or just to speak up in the group!
We are children-oriented and we do not lead the programs in the way of “I tell you what to do and you do it”. That brings a big portion of leadership and communication on the children themselves.
Putting yourself outside of the comfort zone, that is when we learn the most! And we learn about ourselves too. Who am I? I am able to do this? How do I work with fear, friendship, excitement?
Movement and mental wellness
Physical activities, especially after a long period of time spent at home, refresh the brain and brings happiness to the veins. The stimuli of the outdoors active the mind and make the body feels good.
Meeting mother nature is beneficial not only for the mind but for the physical health too! Outdoor play help builds immunity, sunshine replenishes vitamin D.
Relationship with nature
We lead children to observe and respect the forest. We can catch a bug, but we never hurt it. We can observe the life in the forest, learn to understand it more and develop a positive relationship with it, which may later lead to the natural tendency to protect the environment.