This episode continues the conversation about permaculture, education, and children. The beginning of this show is about Jen Mendez and her work at Permiekids.com to share information and resources for parents who want to include permaculture in a childhood education. Not an interview, but a reflection on a conversation she and I had that discussed her background and work with the community to develop educational material that empowers children of all ages and abilities, and parents, to integrate permaculture into an interest in lifelong exploration and learning.
Find our more about Ms. Mendez and her work at PermieKids.com. You can also hear the interview she recorded with Jack Spirko that got us connected, “Jen Mendez on Permaculture Based Children’s Education”
The second portion of the show is further reflections on my role as parent and teacher in my children’s lives. Part of that is more examples of how the children are included in activities. I also offer some of my guiding philosophies regarding how I teach my children. These include supplementing their education with family activities, encouraging their interests not pushing my own, providing opportunities for responsibility, acting as I want them to act (“Do as I do,” rather than, “Do as I say, not as I do.”) I also mention carrying field guides when we’re out and about. You’ll find those, and the influences on my educational perspective, below.
A Selection of My Field Guides
Birds of Pennsylvania by Stan Tekiela
Edible Wild Plants (Eastern/Central North America) by Lee Allen Peterson
Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America by Michael D. Williams
The Forager’s Harvest by Sam Thayer
Nature’s Garden by Sam Thayer
A Pocket Guide to Lizards and Turtles of Pennsylvania by Walter Meshaka, Jr. and Joseph T. Collins
A Pocket Guide to Salamanders of Pennsylvania by Walter Meshaka, Jr. and Joseph T. Collins
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