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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.
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.
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.
In this unique collaboration, two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history.
This updated and expanded edition of "The Great Outdoors" will inspire teachers to make it possible for children to spend more time outdoors, have safe environments, and be free to learn through exploration. Each chapter ends with action items to improve children’s access to safe, clean, and interesting places in your community and is packed with resource ideas for further exploration.
This updated and expanded edition of The Great Outdoors will inspire teachers to make it possible for children to spend more time outdoors, have safe environments, and be free to learn through exploration.
For many school-age children, outdoor experiences are very limited. The author compellingly argues for ensuring that children have outdoor play and learning opportunities, describes exciting playgrounds in the U.S. and other countries, and provides practical information on safety, accessibility, and curriculum.
Ever since Richard Louv diagnosed nature-deficit disorder in his classic book Last Child in the Woods, parents and teachers have been looking for more ways to connect children with the outdoors. Nationally recognized naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie has been igniting kids curiosity about nature for more than 30 years. Her unique approach combines directed observational activities with journaling and field-note prompts that are designed to nurture the next generation of nature lovers and environmentalists.
This site provides a variety of resources, research, featured stories, links, and more for Head Start teachers to use in getting their students outside.
The Outdoor Classroom Project offers training, consulting, and design services for creating outdoor classrooms. Focused mostly in California, the organization maintains demonstration sites people can visit to see outdoor classrooms in action.