Saturday, 4 August 2018

The Lost Words Project - reconnecting kids in Kent with nature
The Lost Words

The Lost Words Project - reconnecting kids in Kent with nature

We all want to encourage children to be active in nature and receive all the benefits from being in forests, woods, meadows, gardens, and exploring their natural environment: seeing and hearing nature, feeling the ground beneath their feet, smelling the scents and touching the bark of different trees.

We all want them to get to know more about the ecological systems, and want to enjoy themselves and experience all the therapeutic and educational benefits such engagement gives.

We are not asking you to give any money. We are just making you aware of what is happening.

In 2007 The Junior Oxford Dictionary removed a whole host of words that relate to the natural environment from their new edition. Words like heron and magpie, wren and kingfisher, acorn and bramble were excluded. It happened because the dictionary chooses words using an algorithm based on the most popular words in children's daily language.

Of course, as words fall out of use, there is a danger that their meaning will be lost, and an increasingly urban and technological younger generation will lose touch with the natural environment and the language that describes it.

The Lost Words has been a catalyst throughout the country to encourage children to reflect upon, wonder about, enjoy, and be active in nature; thereby improving their well-being and developing their understanding of our connection with the natural world.

We aim to put a copy of The Lost Words and its teaching resources in to every primary and special school in Kent. To do so, we are crowd funding to raise £6,100.

To find out more about the project and how you can help, click on the link below.

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