Nature-Based Learning for Every Preschool Setting is designed to provide ideas for all early childhood educators ranging from novice to highly experienced in a wide range of ecosystems, including forests, cities, prairies, coastal, urban, and deserts. It includes background information on a range of nature topics, reproducible parent newsletters, sample play-based lesson plans, guidance and health and safety issues related to nature activities, ideas for free/inexpensive equipment and materials and for big-ticket items, ideas for family involvement, and connections to early childhood learning standards. Chapters are divided by nature topic, so readers can dip in right away where they want to start exploring.
Publisher: Redleaf Press
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 280 x 216 mm
"Nature-Based Learning for Young Children re-energized my excitement about the power of nature to make learning at the early childhood level a deeply meaningful and joyful experience. The guidance offered here is practical, inspirational and truly impressive." --Ruth Wilson, PhD, research library curator, Children & Nature Network, author of Nature and Young Children
"Engaging and practical . . . this is a must-read for both the novice and the experienced early childhood educator. Weaving stories from the field, encouraging risk-taking, honoring inclusivity of all children, families, and communities, we are drawn into a myriad of lively nature-based learning opportunities that truly speak to the subtitle: Anytime, Anywhere, and Any Budget." &mdashDilafruz Williams, professor and coauthor of Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education
"There is increasing evidence that spending time in nature benefits children's learning and their emotional well-being. This much-needed book provides practical advice to teachers who want to promote nature learning for their children. Designed to address the needs of teachers who live in many different settings, some conducive to nature learning and some challenging, everyone should find help in these pages. This is a gem of a book!" --Megan Gunnar, PhD, department chair, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
"Whatever your comfort level in bringing the natural world to your early childhood classroom, Nature-Based Learning for Young Children provides inspiration, enthusiasm and practical instruction on how to get children connected to what's right outside our doors." --Megan Regnerus, publications manager, Project WET Foundation (Water Education for Teachers)
"For those of us who have wondered on how to take the first steps in nature-based play here is your guide! Rooted in the solid principles of connecting with the natural world, the authors provide practical and sensible strategies. This remarkable book makes a joyful case for connecting to the natural world once again." --Luis A. Hernandez, early childhood education specialist
"As a growing body of research and common sense tell us, spending time in natural environments supports the healthy development of children. Nature-Based Learning for Young Children is an important, easy to use and practical resource for anyone looking to support children in reaching their full potential. This book doesn't take the reader back, but rather forward to nature!" --Sarah Milligan-Toffler, executive director, Children & Nature Network
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