Learning withOutdoors is a free educational resource for parents and educators to help teach children developmental skills and curriculum content while being immersed in nature. The website is run by two nature-based teachers, with the goal of helping parents and educators utilize the endless learning opportunities found in nature. Learning withOutdoors provides nature-based educational activities, songs and books (with learning extension ideas), and weekly curiosities to support children’s learning in the outdoors. Learning is meant to be fun and messy, preferably withoutdoors!
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The Seeds of Inspiration Learning Card Deck is an idea generator for your Outdoor Classroom. The deck features photographs from The Four Types of Gardens; Gardens that Feed; Gardens that Attract Wildlife; Garden for Art and Beauty; and Gardens as Learning Stations. Each card offers questions as prompts to guide your Outdoor Classroom design and nature-based curriculum for teaching 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.
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.
These nature play signs and t-shirts are visual ways to spread the word about the importance of connecting children to nature.
With crazy creatures to build, challenging games to play, and outrageous spaces to sculpt, author Birgitta Ralston, has imagined the most creative ways to play in the snow. Each entry includes complete step-by-step text instructions, plus explanatory line drawings with full-color photographs of frozen glory.
In this collection of articles from NAEYC’s journal Young Children, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn about using nature education, to involve families and the community, and to encourage children’s appreciation of the natural world. The book offers questions and activities to 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.
From advising parents to foster creativity to guiding them in “power-sharing” techniques to resolve conflicts and generate empathy, Carlsson-Paige offers steps parents can take to create time and space for creative play, a feeling of safety in today’s often frightening world, and meaningful relationships with both adults and other children.
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), this magazine for preschool educators is focused on hands-on classroom strategies. Like its sister magazine, Young Children, this magazine is of general interest in preschool education, and it often includes stories related to environmental education.
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. The purpose 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.
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.
Nationally recognized naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie has been igniting kids curiosity about nature for more than 30 years. Her approach combines directed observational activities with journaling and field-note prompts designed to nurture the next generation of nature lovers and environmentalists.