Hi my name is Iva Marjanovic, and I am currently in my third year in the Bachelor of Early Learning and Community Development program at Algonquin College. I am really looking forward to using this blog and sharing it with you all, to share my insights, experiences, photos/videos, etc during this semester.
My childhood experiences has influenced my values and beliefs regarding nature-based learning in many different ways. Throughout my whole childhood, I spent most of my free time playing outside with my older brother and our friends. We lived right across the street from a big park, so that influenced parents on our street, and around us, to encourage their kids to spent their time outdoors rather than indoors. We only had one desktop computer in my household that we all shared, however my brother and I overall did not use it that often, except for when we wanted to listen to some music.
With that being said, one of the biggest difference in which children live and play today, compared to my generation, is the use of technology. I have a niece and nephew, who are both under the age of five years old, and I am able to see for myself the impact that technology has on children nowadays. Children in my generation used to play outside, ride their bikes, play at the park, etc, while children now, rely on technology to keep themselves busy.
Hopefully one day when I have children myself, I will use my beliefs and values regarding nature-based learning, to encourage my kids to spend their time outdoors, rather than depending on technology.