School As An Extension of Children’s Well-Being

Besides learning literacy and arithmetic as well as a whole host of other academic disciplines, what else do you think our young children should be immersed into at school? For me, I am extremely concerned about the school’s ability to contribute to my child’s well-being. Yes, academic contributes to intellectual well-being. But the kind of well-being I value most is emotional and physical well-being. I firmly believe that when one is happy and healthy, the rest relating to academics will come in due course of time.

Little Treehouse Nursery’s environment embodies the emotional and physical well-being I am referring to. The school’s founders, Renika and Trish, showed me those two pillars of which I feel are crucial to early childhood development and ultimately to well-being of our communities, our world. With an invitation to tour their school, I spoke to Renika and Trish at great lengths – about their passion and mission. Seasoned educators in the international school sector, they shared with me enthusiastically the sustainable and plant based life style they are imparting, through the British Early Years Foundation curriculum, onto their students. To me, sustainability equates to loving kindness for our Mother Earth, and a mindful, informed plant-based eating contributes to a healthier immune system AND positive dispositions. And many of you know how I am a stickler about using food, particularly plant-based foods, to boost our immunity.

So what does this kind of lifestyle really mean at Little Tree Nursery? It means:

Using and upcycling the gifts of Mother Nature – furnishings and educational toys are made of ethically sourced or recyclable wood. My goodness, one of their classroom’s wooden table was once a cable reel! Talk about ingenuity!

Playing daily outside on real grass (a rare treat in many Bangkok based schools) and with a natural wooden play structure. This translates to being grounded with and aligned with Mother Nature, and the resulting sense of renewal and rejuvenation in those children’s little bodies is euphoric.

Seeding and harvesting herbs and vegetables with the children in the vertical garden. Experiencing such intimate nurturing of life provides children powerful, life-long lessons of the impact love, water and sunshine can have on one’s well-being.

Cooking with wholesome ingredients that amount to rainbow like plant-based breakfasts, lunches and snacks for the children. We are talking about meals infused with cucumbers, carrots, sprouts (from their vertical garden), avocados, tomatoes, berries, bananas, lentils, brown rice, sesame, cacao (yes, that and not the inferior coco), miso (yes, fermented food!) and even mushrooms!! Yes, they are not shying away from incorporating mushrooms into their meals. Honestly, I think often, children’s so called disdain for mushrooms stem from just not having enough exposure to them.

Our young children spend almost 1/3 of their waking hours in school. In the kind of world we live in today, isn’t it time to foster in them more than just academic rigor? Ultimately, our world’s growing crises with global warming, chronic diseases, and wars can all be greatly reduced with love – love for Mother Nature, for others, and for ourselves. Besides learning literacy and arithmetic as well as a whole host of other academic disciplines, what else do you think our young children should be immersed into at school? For me, I am extremely concerned about the school’s ability to contribute to my child’s well-being. Yes, academic contributes to intellectual well-being. But the kind of well-being I value most is emotional and physical well-being. I firmly believe that when one is happy and healthy, the rest relating to academics will come in due course of time.

Little Treehouse Nursery’s environment embodies the emotional and physical well-being I am referring to. The school’s founders, Renika and Trish, showed me those two pillars of which I feel are crucial to early childhood development and ultimately to well-being of our communities, our world. With an invitation to tour their school, I spoke to Renika and Trish at great lengths – about their passion and mission. Seasoned educators in the international school sector, they shared with me enthusiastically the sustainable and plant based life style they are imparting, through the British Early Years Foundation curriculum, onto their students. To me, sustainability equates to loving kindness for our Mother Earth, and a mindful, informed plant-based eating contributes to a healthier immune system AND positive dispositions.

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