Outdoor Learning Through the Seasons

Author: Ann Watts

Publisher:

Total Pages: 220

Part one: Outdoor learning and the early years foundation stage -- Creating an enabling environment outdoors - the seven areas of learning -- Creating an enabling environment outdoors - characteristics of effective learning -- Creating an enabling environment outdoors - design, layout and planting -- Working in partnership with parents -- Part two: The four seasons -- Spring -- Summer -- Autumn -- Winter -- Part three: The four elements -- Earth -- Air -- Water -- Fire.

Outdoor Learning through the Seasons

Author: Ann Watts

Publisher: Routledge

Total Pages: 216

Outdoor play experiences have a crucial role in young children’s learning and development and should be a daily part of their lives. Planning and facilitating rich play and learning opportunities outside can, however, be challenging, especially in difficult weather conditions. Outdoor Learning through the Seasons provides detailed guidance on how we can encourage young children to engage with the natural world throughout the year. Using the four seasons as a framework, the book aims to help all adults to feel confident about taking children outside everyday and developing their awareness of the world around them. It suggests a wide range of experiences and looks at the various ways in which children can interact with the environment to further their learning and development. There are ideas to brighten grey winter days as well as summer sunshine, snow, wind and rain. Features include: reference to recent research on the significance of outdoor play in early childhood; guidance on how to encourage effective learning outdoors practical tips to offer high quality provision in layout, design and planting; suggestions for planning outdoor experiences in the seven areas of learning in line with with the revised Early Years Foundation Stage; advice on working with parents and the role of adults; ideas for all seasons, weather conditions and working with the four elements: earth, air, water and fire; useful reference lists of further resources including stories, poems and websites; an appendix of seasonal recipes. Including a full colour photo plate section to illustrate good practice, this practical book is essential reading for all those looking to provide rich and stimulating outdoor play provision for children in early years settings on a daily basis.

Playing and Learning Outdoors

Author: Jan White

Publisher: Routledge

Total Pages: 242

Fully updated to reflect the current status and understandings regarding outdoor provision within early childhood education frameworks across the UK, this new edition shows early years practitioners how to get the very best from outdoor play and learning for the enjoyment, health and education of young children up to age seven. This invaluable resource gives sound practical guidance for providing: play with water, sand and other natural materials; experiences with plants, growing and living things; movement and physical play; construction, imaginative and creative play; and explorations into the locality and community just beyond your garden. This full-colour third edition has been further developed to act as a comprehensive source book of relevant materials, books and resources supporting the core ingredients of high-quality outdoor provision, while each chapter also includes extensive collections of children’s picture books relating to the themes within each chapter. Playing and Learning Outdoors has become the essential practical guide to excellence in outdoor provision and pedagogy for all early years services. This lively, inspiring and accessible book will help every educator to develop truly successful and satisfying approach to learning through play outdoors for every child.

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7

Author: Karen Constable

Publisher: Routledge

Total Pages: 138

The outdoor environment is now an integral part of many early years settings and schools, but is it being used to its full potential? Providing extensive, challenging and ever-changing outdoor play experiences is an essential and valuable aspect of early years education. This book offers comprehensive guidance on how the outdoor environment can be used to teach and challenge all children across a range of settings drawing on forest school practice. Following a month-by-month format, each chapter provides a selection of theme-related play experiences alongside planning and evaluations of how the ideas described were carried out, and reveals the impact that they had on the children. Including detailed information on the role of the adult, the environment, planning and using children’s interests to guide their learning and development, the book features: over 100 full-colour photographs to illustrate practice diary entries that reflect how the planning was delivered, what changes were made and how aspects of learning were recorded and assessed examples of practice as well as comprehensive resource lists and safety guidelines links to indoor play and opportunities at home. Written by a leading authority on forest school practice and full of practical ideas that can be adapted to suit individual children’s needs, this book aims to inspire practitioners to make the most of the outdoor environment throughout the year.

Nature Play Workshop for Families

Author: Monica Wiedel-Lubinski

Publisher: Quarry Books

Total Pages: 144

With this fun and practical guide to outdoor play, be inspired to unplug and spark a nature connection vital for children's healthy growth and development. Screen time is on the rise. Kids are plugged into electronics yet often totally disconnected from direct experiences in nature. And, as a result, child development is suffering. This beautifully photographed, highly visual resource for nature-based childhood education helps parents and teachers facilitate unplugged nature connection by describing the benefits of outdoor learning. Children and families are plugged into electronics and often disconnected from direct experiences in nature. This beautifully photographed, highly visual resource offers tangible approaches to nature-based learning and play for children. Parents and teachers discover the benefits of outdoor learning and simple ways to facilitate unplugged nature connection in every season. Inspired by nature preschools, forest kindergartens, and forest school models the world over, this guide includes "Voices from the Field" with advice from experienced nature-based educators, too. This insightful guide balances nature play experiences with hands-on projects using natural materials and is an ideal jumping off point for immersive nature play. Examples of nature-based child experiences outlined in the book include: Wildlife observation and tracking Nature sounds, songs, and poetry Gardening and cooking with wild edibles Printmaking, charcoal drawing, dying, and shadow play Journaling inspired by nature With Nature Play Workshop for Families, any child, anywhere, can spark a nature connection.

Early Learning in the Digital Age

Author: Colette Gray

Publisher: SAGE

Total Pages: 248

Digital practices are forging ahead in leaps and bounds. Examining digital practices in early childhood education, this book seeks to inform the discussion on how digital technologies are best integrated into play-based pedagogy, and demonstrates effective practices that enhance children’s learning and development. With a range of international contributors, perspectives, and case studies, the fusion of play and portable technology is explored through contemporary research.

Developing Creativity and Curiosity Outdoors

Author: Julie Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

Total Pages: 180

This accessible guide will inform, prompt and inspire practitioners as they develop their own creativity and seize the rich opportunities offered by outdoor environments to cultivate and encourage the creative skills of the young children in their care. Including information on Forest School, Developing Creativity and Curiosity Outdoors builds on theories of creative learning and development, and offers a wealth of ideas and activities for application in a range of outdoor settings. From designing and building structures, to making music and exploring colour, shape and pattern, this book illustrates how engagement in and with the natural world might extend children’s creative development, encouraging them to speak, listen, move freely, play and learn. Case studies demonstrate good practice and each chapter concludes with questions, encouraging the reader to reflect on and develop their own practice. Practical ideas can be adapted for use in more urban environments, and further reading, online resources and lists of suppliers make Developing Creativity and Curiosity Outdoors an essential resource for those looking to maximise the natural curiosity of children. This book will give early years practitioners and students the confidence and knowledge they need to embark on an exciting journey of outdoor discovery with young children.

Moving the Classroom Outdoors

Author: Herbert W. Broda

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

Total Pages: 202

Since Herb Broda published Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning, his groundbreaking first book on outdoor learning, many schools across North America have embraced the benefits of "greening" their learning programs. Herb has visited dozens of these schools and nature centers, and he showcases the very best examples of schoolyard-enhanced learning in action in his new book Moving the Classroom Outdoors, complete with photos of a wide variety of outdoor learning environments. Designed to provide teachers and administrators with a range of practical suggestions for making the schoolyard a varied and viable learning resource, Moving the Classroom Outdoors presents concrete examples of how urban, suburban, and rural schools have enhanced the school site as a teaching tool. Herb focuses on the practical and the specific, including ideas for seating, signage, planting considerations, teaching/meeting areas, outdoor classroom management, pathways, equipment storage, raised gardens, and more. The book also provides an outdoor activity sampler, information on incorporating technology into the outdoor learning experience, and a chapter on the unique concerns of urban schools. Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in Action is filled with examples of model schools, innovative ideas, and inspiring people.