Could the push to get more children into preschool set us back in terms of connecting children to nature, encouraging creative play-based education, and building a love of learning?
At Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten on Vashon Island, Washington, the forest is the classroom.
Loose parts stimulate creative play, and nature is one of the best sources for low-cost, high-value loose parts.
Environmental education and STEM education overlap significantly when teaching young children. For both types of education, getting outside to explore the natural world are central features.
A new partnership between the Irvine Nature Center and the Ark Preschool that serves homeless children in Baltimore, Maryland, aims to give homeless children and their parents a place and time to take a break in nature.