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Mental Maps

What’s important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it, before being asked to heal its wounds, David Sobel

Children have few choices about their environment.  Family and school are their world, but as they grow up they will have a relationship with their environment too.  A child’s view of an area will be different from adults.

Young people may have strong feelings about where they live but feel helpless to change anything.  Voicing their views and mapping their own world develops a sense of place.  This process can lead to a greater level of involvement in their communities.

If we are expecting the next generation to save the world, why should they want to if they are not encouraged to have a relationship with their own environment first.  As educators we need to explore this, particularly for children living in inner city areas.

Young people’s mental maps, diaries, and illustrated diagrams creatively demonstrate a powerful response to their place.  Their own place stirs an imaginative, often very original, personal connection to their place.

The maps that children make are nearly always a mix of grid and story.

As teachers we should encourage and extend this sense of wonder and engagement with both the natural and built environment.  It is a way of encouraging a link between personal experiences, an enjoyment of maps and children telling their own story and making a much needed connection with the natural world.

There are two types of map: the grid and the story.  The power of grid maps is that they make it possible for any individual to be located within a space.

But their virtue is also their
danger: that they reduce the world
only to data.” ..… “It is not
that we should abolish the grid
map” ..… “only that we should
not forget story maps

Robert Macfarlane (2008)