Learn to teach outside even if you’re not outdoorsy! This eBook is written for teachers, parents, caregivers, and mentors who understand the value and importance of having their children spend time in nature but may not have the time, resources, or ability to dedicate a regular part of their schedule to outdoor education. No matter how much time you have or advanced preparation you’ve done, there are things you can do with your students outside that are fun, educational, and worthwhile. This book contains 20 detailed, Common Core-aligned, step-by-step activities that are categorized by grade level, time needed, materials needed, “readiness level,” and subject. They are designed to be accessible for everyone, regardless of your comfort level with the great outdoors. The activities are designed for children in grades Pre-K through 5 but can easily be adapted for other ages and stages as well.
Seek child tested and parent/teacher approved activities that capture children’s attention. Inside, find nearly 100 activities, creative projects, and games, as well as garden and outdoor advice and ample resources to set you up for being-outdoors-with-young-children success in all weather and seasons!
Intended to help early childhood educators shift their practice towards a more nature-based approach—wherever their starting point.
Awakening Creativity shows in gloriously illustrated detail how artist Lily Yeh guides a participatory process for teachers, students, and a community in transforming an abandoned factory into a beautiful school for the children of migrant workers on the outskirts of Beijing China. Yeh's open, joyful approach is a model for building healthy cultural esteem.
A comprehensive, color-photo-illustrated guidebook to creating living schoolyards. Case studies from North America, Scandinavia, Japan, and Great Britain demonstrate natural outdoor teaching environments that support hand-on learning in ways that nurture healthy imagination and socialization.
An illustrated, essential guide to engaging children and youth in the process of urban design.
A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids--and a parenting memoir and a great read for anybody who is interested in nature-based early childhood education, parents as well as teachers.
This book is designed to initiate dialog between parents and educators, and their kids, to get children thinking critically about what it means to be prepared, and invites them to share their perspective on planning for the outdoors. In this action-filled, outdoor education adventure book learn about being prepared for safety, protection and emergencies in nature.
Through this family’s experiences, we observe how free play in nature hones a sense of wonder, provides healthy challenges, and nurtures earth stewardship. “Parents need to support kids’ access to independent outdoor play,” says Sobel. “Of course they should use judgment, but the benefits outweigh the risks.”
This book brings together renowned authors, with research and professional experience in a range of disciplines, to provide a comprehensive guide to developing positive and engaging outdoor learning environments in the early years.