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Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children

Lynda Way

In her popular new book, The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children, Ann Pelo reflects on her experience in being the caregiver of 2-year-old Dylan. In one passage she comments: “There is no easy distillation of how to be in place with a child. With Dylan at the blackberries, sometimes we discussed their sweet tang, sometimes we just savored the fruit, sharing purple smiles."

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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    really appreciate the thoughts you've articulated. as you give kids more opportunity to be in their environment and get to discuss the different experiences that come about, have you witnessed ever the inclination of a toddler to step on a spider, snail, bug, living creature? I've been facing down that issue and trying to take the opportunity to discuss fear, relationships between animals, mortality, lots of big stuff, and I'm curious if you've got thoughts on that front?

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      That's interesting Ben- so I think it would help to discuss to kids how bugs and creatures are living things too. Explain how hurting a bug is almost the same thing as hitting your friend, for example. I think it also helps to explain why you should appreciate bugs and creatures- which may take a little science education- but it's not too hard to find resources to explain that stuff. I love books like Erik Carle's books: