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Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life Paperback – April 12, 2016
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“Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life” was a great read. There are “500 Ways to Enrich Your Family's Health & Happiness,” as stated on the cover. There are ideas in this book for all ages, from infant to adult.
The premise of the book is that we live in a society that has grown away from nature, that we are suffering from what the author has coined “nature-deficit disorder.” The book is full of facts that support the idea that nature is beneficial to humans by relieving stress, anxiety, and depression; helping increase concentration and assisting with ADHD symptoms in children; improving mental and physical health; and aiding creativity and learning. The author encourages time in nature for everyone, including children and adults with special needs. The author suggests joining local outdoor groups to decrease isolation and to build stronger bonds with local people and other families. Though the point of the book is to get outside and into nature, away from the TV, electronic gadgets, and advertising, electronic devices can sometimes be used in tandem with nature to enhance the experience, as with geocaching, which is similar to a treasure hunt that uses GPS. He suggests taking an inexpensive camera and taking photos for older children.
The book discusses the exciting increase in popularity of nature kindergartens and nature preschools. These types of programs take place outside, rain or shine.
I like how the book is formatted. There are text areas, then there are set-apart bolded sections that are part of the 500 suggestions.Read more ›