Learn With Nature & Play

LEARNING WITH NATURE AND PLAY: Resources

 

Hello Readers! Our resource list for nature and play inspired learning is growing. If you have a favorite blog or resource you would like to share and have listed here, please send me an email with your recommendations. Thanks for your input!

Books I recommend to learn more about nature based education:

1. Timbernook   

TimberNook is an innovative nature-based developmental program designed to foster creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors. Founded by a pediatric occupational therapist, our camps take nature programming to the next level! We give children the right combination of space and resources to build, create, and explore nature – while nurturing child development at the same time.  http://www.timbernook.com/

TimberNook

TimberNook was founded by Angela Hanscom, pediatric occupational therapist – in an effort to bring creative and developmentally appropriate nature programming to children all over the world. Our belief is that if a child is given the chance to explore and create in an unhurried and nurturing environment, they will learn to think creatively and openly. TimberNook does this by intricately weaving the therapeutic aspects of nature with its unique understanding of child development to create the ultimate camp experience.
TimberNook
TimberNook added 5 new photos.Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 1:23am
Outdoor Bubble Baths!

A soothing sensory experience in nature.

The water calms, while the ambience of nature orients the child to space.
TimberNook
TimberNookFriday, February 16th, 2018 at 11:40am
Angela Hanscom will be talking about the importance of outdoor play at the 29th Annual Excellence in Early Childhood Conference in Nebraska this weekend!
TimberNook
TimberNookFriday, February 16th, 2018 at 7:22am
THE UNCONVENTIONAL HANDWRITING GUIDE (PART 3): MODERN TOYS ARE RUINING YOUR CHILD'S HANDWRITING

"Through the materials and toys we choose for our kids and the way they spend their time…

We over-emphasize the skills of pushing buttons with their thumbs and pointing, dragging and clicking with their index fingers.

Because there aren’t any more hours in the day than there use to be, these activities come at the expense of our kids learning to cut, glue, pinch, put together, pull apart, squeeze, twist, hammer and screw, lace, string and other important fine motor skills." - Rachel Coley

2. Waldorf Online Research Library 

About The Online Waldorf Library

“This site has been created to provide useful information in English for Waldorf teachers, parents, home schoolers, and anyone interested in Waldorf education. Our aim is to make visible all the available book resources on Waldorf education that are currently in print and where to purchase these. Also included are an ever increasing number of eBooks in pdf format that can be downloaded to your PC or electronic reading devices.”

http://www.waldorflibrary.org

3. Let The Children Play

Let the Children Play celebrates the importance of play in the lives and education of our children by sharing my own experiences in a play-based preschool and providing inspiration, tips and information to help parents and teachers alike put the play back into childhood.

http://www.letthechildrenplay.net/

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4. Children And Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The Network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.

The C&NN news service and portal, childrenandnature.org, offers parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers access to the latest news and research in this field as well as practical advice, including ways to apply new-found knowledge at home, at school, in work environments, and in the community. The Network also engages a diverse community of institutes, organizations and industries by providing a forum for publishing and presenting research, reports and case studies on children’s health and nature, and related program-development strategies and support.

For additional information contact C&NN’s executive assistant Robyn Bjornsson.

http://www.childrenandnature.org/

Children & Nature Network
Children & Nature NetworkSunday, February 18th, 2018 at 3:20am
San Bernardino County Museum 2018 Dome Talks series is packed with evening discussions featuring leading authors and thought leaders discussing topics relevant to the past, present, and future of our Inland Southern California region. The 2018 line up addresses the seismic shifts, social changes and environmental forces that have affected the lives of Californians. Don't miss Richard Louv on March 8th!
Children & Nature Network
Children & Nature NetworkSaturday, February 17th, 2018 at 11:58pm
In one of the largest-scale initiatives to combat the 'nature deficit,' Colorado is investing millions of dollars to connect low-income and minority children to nature thanks to great partners like cityWILD & Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO.

"For some time, there’s been a growing recognition – bolstered by numerous studies – that spending time outdoors and in nature is important, and is losing out to electronic devices and organized activities for children from all walks of life, says Sarah Milligan-Toffler, director of the Children & Nature Network. But she says that it’s been harder to raise awareness about the systemic issues and barriers that create that disconnect, especially for many low-income and minority communities. 'If you’re going to have a conversation about this as important to all children, then you also have to talk about, are all children starting from same starting point,' says Ms. Milligan-Toffler."
Children & Nature Network
Children & Nature NetworkSaturday, February 17th, 2018 at 7:21am
Please join us for our next Green Schoolyards webinar, "Productive Partnerships for Green Schoolyards."

DATE: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
TIME: 1pm – 2pm Central Time

Join us to discover how three very different partnership models advanced green schoolyards in Houston, Denver and Chicago.

5. Slow Children At Nature Play

“In 2011 I came up with the idea of having a street sign that promoted getting children outside and exploring nature that was similar to the signs that ask drivers to slow down because children are playing. “Nature play” is a common phrase in the children and nature movement. When I saw a “Slow: Children at Play” sign in my own neighborhood in Portland, OR, in my mind I inserted “Nature” into and imagined the silhouette of a kid doing something in nature rather than a team sport or something else like that. I contacted a graphic designer friend of mine (David Orr,http://www.davidorogenic.com/), and he designed the image of a young boy holding a salamander that is on the sign.”

Blog about connecting kids to nature (especially my own) in the Portland region:
http://exploreportlandnature.wordpress.com/ (on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Exploring-Portlands-Natural-Areas/157888224273039)

Children at Nature Play

In 2011 I came up with the idea of having a street sign that promoted getting children outside and exploring nature that was similar to the signs that ask drivers to slow down because children are playing. "Nature play" is a common phrase in the children and nature movement. When I saw a "Slow: Children at Play" sign in my own neighborhood in Portland, OR, in my mind I inserted "Nature" into and imagined the silhouette of a kid doing something in nature rather than a team sport or something else like that. I contacted a graphic designer friend of mine (David Orr, http://www.davidorogenic.com/), and he designed the image of a young boy holding a salamander that is on the sign. Please note that links to books in our posts may be affiliate links, whereby we receive a small fee for linking directly to the book's Amazon listing. I blog about connecting kids to nature (especially my own) in the Portland region: http://exploreportlandnature.wordpress.com/ (on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Exploring-Portlands-Natural-Areas/157888224273039)
Children at Nature Play
Children at Nature PlaySaturday, February 17th, 2018 at 3:12pm
Great infographic from National Environmental Education Foundation - NEEF:
Children at Nature Play
Children at Nature PlaySaturday, February 17th, 2018 at 11:42am
Cool Green Science: Why staying on the trail is bad for nature
Children at Nature Play
Children at Nature Play shared Northwest Cooperative Preschool, Grand Rapids, MI's photo.Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 5:35pm

6. Mindstretchers

“Mindstretchers is a dynamic company, made up of an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people who feel that all children are entitled to learn in a multi sensory and naturally creative environment. The company started life as an educational consultancy. The underlying philosophy has been developed by Claire Warden, whose previous experiences have included teaching, advisory work and lecturing and who is now also in demand as a speaker internationally. There are a great many routes to one place and everyone involved in Mindstretchers has followed a different one so team members have many different and varied specialties and strengths. We all work together as a team to provide a range of exciting outdoor experiences for children and adults in our tipis and geodomes as well as providing training and facilitation on all aspects of early years practice. We design and produce our own range of resources to motivate and inspire children and adults to learn. Our resources are based on fair trade and environmentally friendly ethics. Above all we hope to share a positive attitude and enthusiasm for experiential learning. Talk to us, tell us what you think, and if you are looking for something special we may be able to help.”

Mindstretchers Ltd
Registered office: The Old School, Fowlis Wester, Crieff  PH7 3NL, United Kingdom. 
Registered in Scotland: Company Registration SC183027. VAT Registration GB 789 8538 40

Mindstretchers

Mindstretchers is a dynamic company of people dedicated to providing children with multi-sensory and real-world educational environments through training and consultancy, educational products, nature kindergartens and charitable endeavours. Founder and CEO, Claire Warden, formerly a school teacher and lecturer in Primary Education at Strathclyde University, developed the underlying philosophy of re-connecting children to nature. Claire is also a published author and an internationally acclaimed speaker on matters of early childhood development.
Mindstretchers
Mindstretchers shared Great Western Pre School Nursery and Out of School Clubs's post.Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 4:22am
Great dinosaur Floorbooks from Great Western Pre School Nursery and Out of School Clubs. What have you been exploring this week?
Mindstretchers
MindstretchersWednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 10:41pm
Join Claire Warden next week for a webinar about what makes a really good Floorbook. Through quality indicators, we will explore how you can improve your own use of Talking and Thinking Floorbooks to get more out of your planning and documentation approaches, and how you can ensure continued success and improvement.

Thursday 22nd February 2018 (10.00am-11.00am GMT) / (9.00pm-10.00pm AEST) / (5.00am-6.00am EDT).

If you book on you will receive a recorded version of the webinar to watch at a time that suits you. Comment below if you have any questions for Claire to answer!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-what-makes-a-really-good-floorbook-tickets-41309041455
Mindstretchers
MindstretchersMonday, February 12th, 2018 at 10:24pm
4 reasons to use an A2 Floorbook over an A4 Floorbook:

1) More children can fit around an A2 Floorbook, allowing for true group planning experiences

2) Children have much more room to express their thoughts and ideas through emergent writing, drawings and words.

3) As an adult it will be easier for you to document the learning; you can include larger photographs of activities, or lines of enquiry from 3D mindmapping sessions. You will be able to easily stick these in.

4) You will have enough room at the back of your Floorbook to attach your curriculum, allowing you to easily relate all of the learning in every Floorbook back to the curriculum.

 

 

 

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