Writing in Nature

Sound

Writing in Nature Tip #8: According to research done by Dr. Tomatis, high frequency sounds stimulate the brain and help it reach its maximum potential. ”High frequency sounds include natural sounds such as bird song, running water, wind, frogs, and insects, as well as classical music. Low frequency sounds, such as the hum from electrical appliances and vehicles, has the opposite effect, draining our energy levels.”

It’s hard to escape the constant mechanical and electrical sounds; most of the time we don’t even notice them because we’re so used to them. But if we can manage to get away from our houses, natural sounds will trigger our creative thinking. Just another reason to write in nature!

Listen closely to the song of nature. What is it telling you? What subtleties do you hear?

Kids in Nature Tip #8: Any day that your child is tired or sick is a good day for exploring sound. You can sit or lie down, close your eyes, and simply listen! The less movement and distractions, the more you’ll be able to hear. Urge your child to listen to the wind in the trees. Ask her what it reminds her of. Music? Whispers?

Tell your child how every species of bird has a distinctive song. Ornithologists rely heavily on sounds to identify birds. A bird may be hidden in brush or in the treetops, lost to sight; but if you hear and recognize its song, you can identify a bird that would have otherwise remained a mystery. Try learning a few simple bird songs or calls (note: this will be much easier in the spring time!).

And don’t forget the ever-changing sounds of November rain.

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