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Join the co-authors as they discuss the newly-created Children’s Environmental Kinship Guide, a framework for supporting early childhood administrators and educators who are interested in implementing a curriculum that deepens children’s kinship with the natural world.
Forest schools are becoming more and more prominent, benefiting children in a number of ways. Ottawa Forest and Nature School are leading the way with their amazing outdoor early learning program in a 900 acre forest! But can we bring outdoor learning into our early childhood programs even if we don't have easy access to a forest?
A big part of going on regular nature explorations, is giving children the opportunity to become familiar with a location and learn about all of the ways it can be explored over time. Dr Anne Meade shares some valuable ideas to consider when embarking on developing your own nature-based learning program.
There are 3 key ingredients to supporting children’s outdoor play and they are a lot simpler than you might think!
Providing children with opportunities to have nature-based learning experiences is so valuable, and you know it, but… Where do you start? Here are 5 tips to get you started.
Making and spreading seed balls is a fun and easy way to create little spots of color in your garden or other surprising places!
In Reggio Emilia, Italy, they commonly say that the environment is the third teacher. But at the York Region Nature Collaborative at Lake St George in Toronto, they talk about land as being the first teacher. Hopi Martin, Johnny Moore and Diane Kashin unpack exactly what this means for them in their nature-based learning space.
Worm farms are a great hands-on way for children to learn about the ecosystem. Involving them in creating and maintaining the worm farm, and using the vermicompost and worm tea to nurture a garden gives great meaning to the ways we can grow and harvest our own food.
No matter your location, if you have an outside area made of concrete, or have an inner city rooftop for a play area, a pallet garden is a great way to involve children in growing fruit, vegetables, herbs or flowers.
By giving children the tools to investigate the natural world around them, they can make new discoveries and consider patterns in nature. Explorer kits are a fantastic learning tool and help to foster inquiring minds.
Compost in a Bag is a way for children to easily understand the decomposition process, and to learn the full cycle of an edible plant - from soil to seed to plant to table to soil.
Tea Cup Bird Feeders help children develop an awareness of and empathy for wild animals.
Nature Eye Spy Cards encourage children’s curiosity about the natural world.
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