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By David Sobel

From the a long time of 5 to 12, the center years of early life, kids discover their atmosphere and locate or build deepest areas. In those mystery areas, kids strengthen and regulate environments in their personal and luxuriate in freedom from the principles of the grownup international. kid's specific areas enters those hidden worlds, unearths their value to kid's improvement and emotional well-being, and indicates educators, mom and dad, and different adults how they could foster a bond among youth and nature that's very important to maturation.

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42 Bush Houses BUSH HOUSES I visited the sites of numerous bush houses and identified the locations of approximately twenty-five on children's maps, but I saw only two in existence. The others had all been "mashed down/' either by other children or by natural processes. Additionally, the dry season is not the optimal time for building. During the rainy season, June through December, the primary building materials—leafy branches—are much more available. In any case, bush houses are clearly ephemeral, lasting for a few days to a few months.

The Places and the Children experience, I want to elaborate on the role these spaces play in the evolving self of the child. To explore the child's landscape and the implications for education, I will: * describe specific examples of children's houses, dens, and bush houses from England and Carriacou; * portray the role these places play during middle childhood in helping to foster and shape the unique self that is born in adolescence; * examine adult perspectives on the role these places have played in their lives via interviews and literature; * provide working examples of elementary school curricula that translate children's place-making interests into projects that expand their sense of self and their knowledge of the social and natural world.

In almost all the cases cited, children expressed a need for privacy, independence, and self-sufficiency. Through making their own places, children start to carve out a place for themselves in the world. They can do it individually or through the vehicle of the peer group. Essential to both situations, however, is the separateness from the world of parents and family. If we read Dwight's comment in a slightly modified way, I think the point becomes clear. '" 47 Entering the Child's World I suspect that it is the sense of self, the ego about to be born, that is sheltered in these private places.

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