Wildwood is… for the Birds!

How does a hike on the trails, to feed birds, support your child’s development of emotional intelligence and self-esteem?


Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EI is the key to success in life.


In his ground-breaking book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, indicates that “Emotional life is richer for those who notice more.” (p. 49)


Let’s look at feeding the birds through the lens of Daniel Goleman’s five domains of emotional intelligence; as they relate to the document How Does Learning Happen?


  1. Knowing ones emotions:

Children smile and express joy when offering food to the birds.


  1. Managing emotions:

Children wait patiently for a turn.


  1. Motivating oneself:

The children are waiting with expectation.


  1. Recognizing emotions in others:

Children are tuned in to the social cues of peers.


  1. Handling relationships:

A leader emerges among the group.


How can the adult (educator, parent, and caregiver) support this development?


According to Forest and Natures School’s guide, the educator is a caring adult who “models respect and appreciation for the surrounding beauty and under whose wing children come to feel safe in and connected to the natural world.” (p. 18)

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