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Crandell, Sunny – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Preschool teachers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of nature connection during early childhood, including the development of healthy bodies, social-emotional competency and eventual academic success (Sobel, 2015; Warden, 2012). However, for many preschools located in urban settings, the question isn't whether nature connection is…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Outdoor Education, Physical Environment
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Ashmann, Scott – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
The challenges and successes of planning, implementing, and evaluating a nature-based four-year-old kindergarten program are shared as well as a description of the first years of the program that is designed to enhance the students' academic, physical, social, and emotional development. In addition, a description of how the partnership among a…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten, Wildlife
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Carter, Deborah – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
This paper describes a nature-based social-emotional approach to supporting young children's holistic development that can be applied in a range of early childhood settings from forest kindergartens and nature-based preschools to more traditional center-based early childhood programs. "The Social-Emotional and Environmental Education…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Child Development, Holistic Approach
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Nitecki, Elena; Chung, Mi-Hyun – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
This theoretical discussion frames play as a "place" consistent with the tenets of place-based education. We adopt a broad definition of place-based education to include both the environment around the child and the place within the child, their "world of play." We will apply theories of place-based education to demonstrate…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Place Based Education, Play
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Larimore, Rachel – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
Nature-based early childhood education. Nature-based preschool. Nature preschool. Forest kindergarten. Nature kindergarten. Waldkindergarten. Forest school. These are a few of the program terms currently being discussed among early childhood environmental education professionals in the United States. Why is there so much discussion about the names…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten
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Cooper, Allen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
Longitudinal studies now confirm the economic, academic, and social importance of high-quality early childhood education. At the same time, a substantial body of research indicates that an outdoor learning and play environment with diverse natural elements advances and enriches all of the domains relevant to the development, health, and well-being…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Play, Child Development
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Kharod, Deepti; Arreguín-Anderson, Maria G. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
This paper describes an environmental education initiative called Starting out Wild (SoW) designed for toddlers and their caretakers. The program, developed by staff and volunteers of a city parks department, engages children ages 1-3 and their parents and caretakers through outdoor learning experiences. We suggest that environmental education…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Program Descriptions, Preschool Education, Lesson Plans
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Merrick, Christy – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
Last year, the North American Association for Environmental Education launched the "Natural Start Alliance," a new initiative to advance environmental education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Natural Start provides an opportunity for key players to convene, share ideas and resources, and move together toward shared goals. This…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Infants, Toddlers
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Fortino, Carol; Gerretson, Helen; Button, Linda; Masters, Vivian – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
A growing body of research, both nationally and internationally, indicates that children in the early childhood years (birth to age 8) learn primarily through their senses and from direct experience. They develop an understanding about the world through play, exploration, and creative activities as well as by watching and imitating adults and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Teaching Methods
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Johnson, Kelly – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
While nature journaling with elementary age children has recently increased in popularity, journaling with children of ages 2-6 is often overlooked. This article focuses specifically on why journaling is a valid practice in early childhood and the practitioner application of journaling techniques modified for the young child. Young children have…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Recreational Activities
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Bailie, Patti; Rosenow, Nancy – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
The collection of papers contained in this special issue was elicited by a worldwide call for papers to explore settings that provided nature experiences for young children, with attention given to the effects that these initiatives have on the holistic development and environmental awareness of the children, as well as impacts on the teachers and…
Descriptors: Youth, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Educational Environment
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Merrick, Christy; Braus, Judy – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2013
The Natural Start Alliance is a new initiative of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Natural Start was created to support and expand early childhood environmental education (ECEE) by creating a network of organizations, educators, parents, and others who care about using environmental education to support young children's…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods, Agency Cooperation
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Wood, Melody – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2013
The importance of nature-based play has gradually become forefront in an array of research fields. From the more obvious physical benefits to the complex mental benefits, nature has proved time and time again to be the cure-all for a variety of common ailments. Richard Louv, author of the famed "Last Child in the Woods," has spawned a…
Descriptors: Play, Natural Resources, Recreational Facilities, Community Programs