Dr. Lomino in China: March 15
Dr. Lomino in China: March 14
"Thinking back on my own childhood, my parents allowed my brother and me to play freely outside as often as possible. I’m sure when we were very young we were carefully supervised, but given the chance to do things on our own under their watchful eyes. Consequently, we grew up to be confident and adventurous."
Dr. Lomino in China: March 9
"I want to make sure that at Wauhatchie School we never forget to honor children’s play and recognize its tremendous benefits for their growth and development.
Dr. Lomino in China: March 8
" The diversity of life in China is dazzling, but unfortunately because this city is expanding so quickly, many species of plants and animals are disappearing locally. Habitat loss is a global problem. I have seen the statistics many times, but to see it firsthand is truly frightening."
Dr. Lomino in China: March 7
"Children have fun in this large gray building, but it doesn’t involve as much imaginative play as the forest. This confirms my belief that nature with its openness, variety of colors and textures, sounds and smells, inspires the imagination like nowhere else!
Dr. Lomino in China: March 6
"Guangzhou, like so many other cities worldwide, is razing its historic treasures to make way for higher and higher skyscrapers. I’m grateful for those far-sighted individuals who work to preserve what is left of this city’s thousands of years of history."
Dr. Lomino in China: March 3
"I did notice that several teachers stood in the background while children were playing together today, and they just watched rather than participating or directing the activities. It will take some time to change the old teaching paradigm, but I’m encouraged by today’s observations.
Dr Lomino in China: March 2
"The company wants to ensure that children learn the basics of daily living which include sewing and woodworking. This is commendable, but actually everything for daily living can also be learned outdoors.
Dr. Lomino in China: March 1
" I am reminded every day how important it is to love one’s land. All of us, in every part of the world, take the earth’s gifts for granted. Our existence is dependent upon the air we breathe, the soil beneath our feet, an abundance of clean water and the sun’s energy."
Dr. Lomino in China: February 28
"Sometimes I forget that this is a subtropical location—especially since the weather has been so cool thus far. Seeing the plants today was a good reminder and also sparked my curiosity about South China’s landscape and biodiversity. "
Dr. Lomino in China: February 27
" I appreciate even more the ancient culture here in China. In the US we see historical sites, that seem very old at 200-300 years, but our US roots are so modern compared to China."
Dr. Lomino in China: February 24
"One striking difference between the children here and US children is the issue of aggression. From what I’ve observed so far, Chinese children are generally quite courteous to each other. I have seen only occasional play fighting, using sticks as weapons, much less real fighting. Unfortunately aggressive behavior has become a pervasive problem among children in the US."
Dr. Lomino in China: February 23
"Children’s imaginations need to be continually ignited. Curiosity and wonder fuel the joy of learning, but it shouldn’t stop when children get older. It should be a lifelong occupation. That, to me, is probably the most important gift of nature. And it is free and abundant!"
Dr. Lomino in China. February 22
"I already love these teachers, even though we’ve just become acquainted. I feel like I’ve known them much longer and look forward to every day’s opportunities to know them better. They inspire me!
Dr. Lomino in China. February 21
"I believe that being silent in nature is the first step to knowing and loving the earth. We have to listen to its heartbeat—the wind in the leaves, birds and insects singing their songs, and the whispers of billions of organisms busy beneath our feet."
Dr. Lomino in China. February 20
Humans are naturally spiritual beings. We sense the sacred in many forms. Spirituality is a striving for something that is beyond human understanding—a perfection based on complete love and compassion. I believe it can summed up this way: “One River—Many Streams.”
Dr. Lomino in China. February 19
"A forest is such a magical place, no matter where it is located.
Dr. Lomino in China. Feburary 18
"Celebrations are the same the world over. Food, good wishes and great expectations!
Dr. Lomino in China. Feburary 17
"I am excited to see more and more parents drawn to the idea of Forest Kindergarten. Most recognize that their children need to play outdoors, and I think the concept rekindles memories of childhood that are forgotten in this age of technology and much time spent indoors. Forest Kindergarten is the renewal of an old educational paradigm. It’s about time!
Dr. Lomino in China: February 16
"I feel so fortunate to be in China and to learn about their ancient culture and peoples. It makes me realize how much our civilization owes to them—a great deal of our knowledge—scientific, philosophical and social—has its roots in ancient Asia.
"People here are amazingly adaptable. A village, probably ancient, and strawberry fields, in the middle of a metropolis. They are unexpected but yet don’t seem out of place in this incredible country."