Wildwood is…pond-delicious!

How can pond exploration 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 tells us that “Flow is an internal state that signifies a kid is engaged in a task that’s right. You have to find something you like and stick to it.” (94)


Let’s look at pond exploration, 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 test their abilities and recognize their own effort and progress.


  1. Managing emotions:

Children experience creative problem-solving, fostering imagination and a sense of mastery.


  1. Motivating oneself:

Social interactions through active play increases competence.


  1. Recognizing emotions in others:

Tuning in to others demands calm in oneself.


  1. Handling relationships:

Children express what they want, think and feel.


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


According to Forest and Natures School’s guide, Educators “give purpose and meaning, moving a child through play, towards stewardship, and back to play once more.” (18)


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