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Standards provide important benchmarks for student learning, but meeting them doesn’t mean you have to take away creativity, lively participation, and joyful learning. This resource offers research-based and field-tested strategies to address content standards in ways that nurture kindergartners’ natural love of learning. The authors show how projects, play, and other engaging learning experiences can help children reach standards in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. Also covers the transitions to and from kindergarten.

These research briefs from the World Forum Foundation have been grouped into the following categories: Adverse Effects of Disconnection from Nature, Cognitive Benefits of Connecting with Nature, Mental Health Benefits of Connecting with Nature, and Physical Health Benefits of Connecting with Nature.

A documentary about the benefits of forest kindergartens.

Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning shows how the school grounds—regardless of whether your school is in an urban, suburban, or rural setting—can become an enriching extension of the classroom. In this comprehensive handbook, Herb Broda blends theory and practice, providing readers with practical suggestions and teacher-tested activities for using the most powerful audio-visual tool available—the outdoors.

Travel with fun-loving Muppets Elmo and Murray from Sesame Street to two of America's most popular national parks in the new online series Sesame Street Explores National Parks. Six short videos and accompanying hands-on activities introduce preschoolers to the natural world of habitats, seasons, and animal families. This series is a partnership between Sesame Street, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.

Sharing Nature with Children sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education. Now that classic has been completely rewritten, with many added new activities-and combined with Sharing the Joy of Nature-to make a treasury of Joseph’s best-loved nature games for children and adults, in one complete volume. Essential, easy to use, Sharing Nature is nature awareness made simple, and an extraordinary resource for anyone who would like to get in touch with the land, trees, and mountains.

With crazy creatures to build, challenging games to play, and outrageous spaces to sculpt, author Birgitta Ralston, a Europe-based designer, has imagined the most creative ways to play in the snow. Snow Play is filled with projects and games for any age, ability, and number of people. Each entry includes complete step-by-step text instructions, plus explanatory line drawings. The full-color photographs show how each project is finished in all its frozen glory.

Nature exploration is fundamental to young children’s curiosity, discovery, and sense of wonder—it supports their growth in all developmental domains. In this collection of engaging articles from NAEYC’s journal Young Children, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn about using nature education to address early learning standards, to involve families and the community, and to encourage children’s appreciation of the natural world. The book offers a comprehensive resource list and a professional development guide with questions and activities to help readers reflect on current practices and incorporate new ones.

STEM Preschool Teaching Units

STEM Preschool Teaching Units

STEM Preschool Teaching Units

Four free, activity-based teaching units for students 2.9 to 5 years old (on birds, soil, trees, and weather) from Mass Audubon.

Based on early-childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige’s thirty years of researching young children, this groundbreaking book helps parents navigate the cultural currents shaping, and too often harming, kids today—and restore childhood to the best of what it can be. As Carlsson-Paige explains, there are three attributes critical to kids’ healthy development: time and space for creative play, a feeling of safety in today’s often frightening world, and strong, meaningful relationships with both adults and other children—attributes that we, as a society, are failing to protect and nurture. From advising parents on which toys foster creativity (and which stifle it) to guiding them in how to use “power-sharing” techniques to resolve conflicts and generate empathy, Carlsson-Paige offers hands-on steps parents can take to create a safe, open, and imaginative environment in which kids can relish childhood and flourish as human beings.

Teaching STEM Outdoors: Activities for Young Children by Patty Born Selly

Teaching STEM Outdoors: Activities for Young Children by Patty Born Selly

Teaching STEM Outdoors: Activities for Young Children by Patty Born Selly

Full of real-life activities, examples, and educator resources to take the fun of STEM outside, this book will help teachers articulate connections between nature play, outdoor experiences, and STEM learning in young children.

Published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Teaching Young Children is a magazine for preschool educators that's focused on hands-on classroom strategies. Like its sister magazine, Young Children, this magazine is of general interest in preschool education, but it often includes stories related to environmental education.

“Let's Play!” is The Alliance for Early Childhood’s initiative to encourage children to engage in creative, imaginative, and enriching free play. Play is an essential activity of childhood and an integral part of every child’s healthy development, growth, and learning across all ages, domains, and cultures.

The child-environment fit; developmental characterstics of young children; safety issues; site assessment criteria; organizing and furnishing the outdoor classroom; playground maintenance and assessment; sandbox cleansing; toxic and nontoxic vegetation, more.

If we are to create a brighter future, the world's children must understand their role in safeguarding and improving the environment. Teachers have the potential to create future generations of responsible citizens. However, test-obsessed societies appear to offer decreasing opportunities for teaching anything except language and math skills. The purpose of this volume is to assist teachers in dealing with environmental concerns within the scope of the existing school curricula, rather than in addition to it.

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