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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2021

Reflecting on the Fish Tank: Using the Project Approach to Make Connections

Using a fish tank as a project is a great way for teachers to provoke children’s thought, to engage them in the process of representing their learning, and to support their reflections.

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Authored by: Andrea Anderson Jennifer Klutz Cindy G. McGaha
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2020

پیام در کوله پشتی ™ بازی با طبیعت برای کودکان حساس Message in a Backpack ™ Nature Play with Sensitive Children

از این ایده ها برای تبلور تجربیات بازی با طبیعت در محیط های داخلی و بیرونی استفاده کنید تا شما و کودک تان بتوانید با هم لذت ببرید

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Authored by: Becky L. DelVecchio Susan Ferguson
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Teacher with preschool children
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2020

Message in a Backpack ™ Nature Play with Sensitive Children

What happens when your child is sensitive to touching natural objects? Use these ideas to spark indoor and outdoor nature play.

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Authored by: Becky L. DelVecchio Susan Ferguson
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Young Children
March 1, 2020

Walking into the Woods: Understanding German Waldkindergärtens

Forest schools are based on the belief that children benefit from being in nature, where they play and engage in open-ended, child-centered social and physical activity.

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Authored by: Cecilia Maron-Puntarelli
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A young boy watching a young girl writing in a notebook
Article
Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2019

Metamorphosis: Life Cycle in a Box

What if there were a sturdier option than butterflies for learning about metamorphosis—one that children could hold? Good news! This is possible when you study mealworms.

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Authored by: Sara Starbuck
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Two young girls at the lake scooping water into buckets
Blog
August 6, 2019

Gone Fishing

I think about being a parent and a teacher and observing children. Even experts can forget that there is a time to model and guide, and also a time to give space for the kind of learning that happens with uninterrupted play and exploration.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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Three children looking at leaves
Blog
August 6, 2019

Connecting our Nature Walks to the Classroom

If the environment is the third teacher, there is no better classroom environment than the outdoors. I use our experiences and my notes and pictures as inspiration for our curriculum.

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Authored by: Daniela Silver
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Two children measuring a tree
Blog
July 11, 2019

How to Create a Forest Classroom Experience

Here are some tips to help you create meaningful forest experiences for the children in your care—no outdoor classroom required!

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Authored by: Daniela Silver
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Children sitting in woods
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Young Children
May 1, 2019

From Fear to Freedom: Risk and Learning in a Forest School (Voices)

As an outdoor educator and “nature elder,” Heather Taylor tells two stories that stretched her personal views of what it means to allow children to have the freedom to make their own choices as they study nature.

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Authored by: Heather B. Taylor
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Summer Learning

This summer, discover learning activities for the classroom and explore resources to add to your teaching toolbox and enhance your professional development.
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Teacher and two students observing pigeons
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Young Children
November 1, 2018

From Puddles to Pigeons: Learning about Nature in Cities

Parents, educators, and other primary caregivers might not realize that a small patch of grass, a single tree, and a walk to the store are opportunities to observe nature, generate questions, and conduct experiments to find answers.

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Authored by: Marion Goldstein Lisa Famularo Jamie Kynn
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Three children sitting on a rock in the woods
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Young Children
November 1, 2018

Big Questions in the Great Outdoors

Mr. Joe has set the stage for ongoing learning opportunities by creating a weekly routine that focuses on the children’s in-depth study of Todd, the adopted oak tree.

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Authored by: Sue Mankiw Janis Strasser Lisa Mufson Bresson
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