Meaningful occupations of infant and child development were historically based in the imitation of adults who practiced daily routine, ritual and brain patterning solely based upon knowledge of, and integration with, patterns of nature. 

It is a child’s “job” or “occupation” to play to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments.”
— The American Occupational Therapy Association

The lesson's of these deeply rooted occupations are written into the developmental codes of our DNA.

Survival depended on an integrated knowledge of patterns in nature.  Reading animal tracks ensured our survival.  Differentiating between a medicinal plant and a poison "look alike" ensured our survival.  Reading these patterns in nature wired the brains we have today.  These patterns were our earliest primers for reading symbols on a page.  Tracks became stories.  Animal tracks tell a story.  Our brains are hard wired to make sense of marks in the dirt, paintings on a canyon wall, scribbles on paper...  
Because of this ancestral patterning; our brains want a story. 

 

  Theses animal's tracks tell us their story

Theses animal's tracks tell us their story

Survival also depended on recognizing patterns in sound.  Certain patterns, such as bird language warned when predators were near, when weather was imminent, and when all was well.  The nuances of sound developed our auditory processing systems to become highly attuned to subtleties present in every moment.  Nature sounds engineered our current neurological listening operating systems. 


8 Principles of Foundations IN Nature

#1 - Exposure to the Elements of Nature, which are multi sensory and four dimensional, are the direct pathway or “blueprint” for optimal neurological development.

#2 - The Human Body and Mind are hard wired for meaningful, functional occupation in the elements of the natural world.

#3 - When we develop in the natural world, as we have for millennia, we are happier, healthier, more intelligent, compassionate and more deeply connected with all life.

#4- Being oriented to or connected with the natural world IS “Human Nature”.  This ultimately leads to connection with self, community and environment, which leads to success in all of life. 

 

#5 - Understanding the innate developmental needs of babies and children, leads adults to boundaries that are appropriate for optimal development. 

#6 - Given appropriate developmental boundaries, children will seek what they need. 

#7 - We are above all else: Wired to survive.

#8 - In order to capture the vital energy necessary for engagement, children must be "met where they are".  This means that they will learn best from an interest driven interaction dictated by their current development.  In our current world paradigm, children are exposed to a signifanct more amount of technology than they are to nature.  For this reason, parents, teachers, therapists and educators must learn to use technology in a brilliant and conscious way to lead children back to the natural world.