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    Hello, teachers!

    Would you take a look at the following?

    During the earliest years of a child's life, environmental education should be based on positive experiences in the outdoors under the guidance and with the companionship of caring adults. Such experiences enhance learning and play a critical role in shaping lifelong attitudes and behavior toward the natural world. We know that young children learn primarily through their senses and through hands-on manipulation and exploration. The elements of the natural world not only offer the raw materials for manipulation but also inspire the motivation to experiment and explore.

    This passage is quite difficult for me to understand, but the last sentence is the most difficult!
    Would you let me know what the sentence mean?

    Thank you very much in advance for your kind help on this!

    yam.

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    Default Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Hello, teachers!

    Would you take a look at the following?

    During the earliest years of a child's life, environmental education should be based on positive experiences in the outdoors under the guidance and with the companionship of caring adults. Such experiences enhance learning and play a critical role in shaping lifelong attitudes and behavior toward the natural world. We know that young children learn primarily through their senses and through hands-on manipulation and exploration. The elements of the natural world not only offer the raw materials for manipulation but also inspire the motivation to experiment and explore.

    This passage is quite difficult for me to understand, but the last sentence is the most difficult!
    Would you let me know what the sentence mean?

    Thank you very much in advance for your kind help on this!

    yam.
    Hi. I'm not a teacher, but I believe I understand the sentence and can help you.

    "The elements of the natural world" - this is the subject of the sentence. "elements" is the head noun, and they are of the natural world, meaning trees, rocks, etc - things in nature.

    "not only offer the raw materials for manipulation but also inspire the motivation to experiment and explore" - this is the predicate of the sentence, which tells you something about the subject above. "offer" and "inspire" are the main verbs. "not only" and "but also" means the subject both offers and inspires. More specifically, it's saying that people believe the subject offers, but the subject also inspires. What it offers is "raw materials" for "manipulation". What is inspires is the "motivation" to "experiment" and "explore".

    So basically, the whole sentence is saying something like, "Trees, water, etc. are things(ingredients) you can use (for example, you can turn tree into paper), AND they are 'fun' things that make kids want to experiment and explore."

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    Thank you very much for the detailed instruction, engr4m!
    It really helps me a lot.
    Thanks again,

    yam.

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    Since the like function is not available in the new Android app, I'll say nice work and welcome to engr4m. :)
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