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Truck Farm DVD

Truck Farm DVD

Blending seriousness and whimsy, filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the promise and perils of urban farming.

How can children be encouraged to make a lasting connection to nature? This program profiles the efforts of educators and parents to introduce children to the natural world and to involve them—through outdoor play, class activities, and their own creative work—in a process of outdoor discovery. Beyond the immediate benefits to child development that come with exploration and improvisational learning, the program documents how meaningful time spent outdoors can cultivate in children a permanent caring for nature—a crucial ethic of environmental responsibility.

Billy B., the natural science song and dance man, helps preschoolers become more aware of the world around them with self-help and nature songs. New experiences like answering the telephone and washing one’s hands are made easier when Billy B. explains the benefits of common courtesy and cleanliness. (ages 2-8)

Peppered with anecdotes and friendly advice, while based in research and experience, Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening and Outdoor Learning, by Kelly Johnson, gives above and beyond gardening guidance on topics such as composting and organic pest control, as well as giving adults the tools to reconnect themselves and the children in their lives to the natural world through holistic gardening experiences. It will ignite your confidence to create outdoor learning experiences that nurture both wonder and ecological literacy.

Wonder is the bimonthly newsletter of the World Forum Foundation's Nature Action Collaborative for Children. The newsletter is free and can be downloaded online and is also printed in Exchange magazine.

Wonderkin is a curated monthly subscription box designed to support early childhood development by getting kids outdoors and connected to nature. Simply sign up online, and each month you'll receive a box in the mail filled with everything you need to jumpstart engaging outdoor play and learning regardless of where you live or how crazy your schedule is.

Woodsy's ABCs is a colorful, engaging book that brings nature alive for young children. Children ages 3-6 will especially enjoy following Woodsy through the alphabet as they learn both reading skills and nature facts. The full-color book includes activities to complement the playful prose.

The World Forum Foundation launched the Nature Action Collaborative for Children to help connect children to the natural world. The group is made up of environmental educators, early childhood educators, landscape architects and other design specialists, and others on every continent. The group offers a newsletter, sponsors International Mud Day, holds international gatherings every several years, and includes leadership teams from each continent that implement specific projects in their areas.

Young Children is the journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The magazine is published bimonthly and serves as a forum for early childhood educators. Although Young Children is a general-interest early childhood publication, the magazine often includes articles of interest in early childhood environmental education.

Young Children & the Environment

Just released! 2nd edition of 'Young Children and the Environment: Early Education for Sustainability', edited by Australian early childhood academic, Julie M. Davis, published by Cambridge University Press.

Completely updated and expanded, this book will help teachers use the project approach in child care centers, in preschools, and in kindergarten, first grade, and early childhood special education classrooms. For those new to using projects, the book introduces the approach and provides step-by-step guidance for conducting meaningful projects. Experienced teachers will find the teacher interviews, children’s work, photographs, and teacher journal entries used to document the project process in actual classrooms very useful. New features include the use of technology, nature experiences, and expanded toddler projects.

What the purpose of education if not to help us individually live into deep and loving relationship with ourselves, others and Earth and collectively transcend by ethically knowing how to use our knowledge, skills and gifts to co-create a more just, responsible and compassionate world? Sometimes it takes “a whole child to raise a village.” Together June 15-16, 2017 in Charles Town, WV, parents, teachers and mentors of children ranging in age from early childhood to high school will learn to use the principles of nature to enrich the learning environment, create place-based and community-oriented curricula and facilitate educational instruction that intentionally creates a culture of holistic lifelong learning.

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