May 17, 2020

In order to inspire our children to be mindful of the environment, we must teach them about nature. Did you know that the Oxford Junior Dictionary has removed a number of nature-related words—acorn, dandelion, fern, ivy, newt, otter, kingfisher, and more from its pages, replaced by words from the digital age like “bullet-point” and “broadband.” While certainly the latter are important for children to know, we must expose them to the words that describe our environment. The book, The Lost Words: A Spell Book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris uses a mix of illustration and poems with those “missing” words, to conjure back the magic of nature. Until we are able to get to the library again to see this beautiful book, bring these lost words into conversation on your next nature walk to inspire tomorrow’s environmentalists.