January is a great time to get outside even if (especially if) your world is frozen. No need to travel to discover new worlds – they are all around you and your child. Study rocks, tree bark, grass, leaves, snow, and ice. What can your child see with their eyes? With a magnifying glass? With a pocket microscope?
This is the first in a series of blog posts with brief descriptions and suggestions for bringing the preschool experience into your home. The series will cover various teaching styles that help preschoolers blossom. Hopefully a little something for everyone. Today, Inquiry Based Learning.
Time outside is wonderful, but there are things you and your child need to avoid. This post is my yearly outdoor hazard update because it's important to know what to look out for, especially if you are not used to spending a lot of time outdoors. If you and your child are already used to spending a lot of time in nature you may want to skip to the bottom of the post for some good links
If you are lucky enough to live where you get snow in the winter, you know the joy children feel when they get to play, sled, build a snowman, and throw snowballs. There is also nothing like a Winter Nature Walk even if it's just at the local park or in your own back yard.
Time outdoors is time well spent for children and adults alike. This post is an update of one from last summer because it's important to know what to watch out for especially if you don't spend a lot of time out in nature. Today’s blog will focus on introducing children to the concept of hazards.
Learning to care about the enviroment, plants, and animals requires exposure. Without that exposure children may not develop concern for the natural world. How do we allow our children to explore without harming the very plants and animals we want them to learn about? It's all about respect.
This week I had a wonderful time with preschoolers and I want to share the simple project with all of you. It’s always fun to bring the outdoors in and especially rewarding with children. Here are a few tips for a fun meaningful project anyone can do at home or at school.
Is your preschooler asking for a pet of their own? Is a dog, cat or even a fish a bit too much of a commitment for you? Maybe pets aren’t allowed where you live. Small mammals are generally not good pets for very young children. Have no fear: bugs make great starter pets. Your child can learn what it takes to care for a living creature and when you’re done you can simply let your pet go where you found it!
Children and adults alike are fascinated by water. It is calming to the touch. The sounds of water have a soothing effect. And it is visually hypnotic. Items change color in water. Water refracts light in ways that make a child stop and look again and again. As you place your hand in water it can look like your fingers are going in a strange direction. They may even appear to change size!
When parents ask me about important things to have in their home for their child, I generally don’t worry about all the child proofing and special new child items that I'm sure they will already know about or will hear about from friends, instead I ask, “Do you have a Nature Table?”
Fall is an exciting time of year, even if you don’t live where the leaves change color and the air is crisp, there is still that back to school mentality and a bit of a cozy feel. It’s a great time to be outdoors, hiking, picnicking, enjoying time with friends and family, or just with your child. It’s also a time of year when many of us bring nature indoors in the form of mums, pumpkins, and gourds.
As many families try to get in one last fun summer experience before school starts, I decided today's post would be short and practical, with helpful information - emphasizing key aspects of some of my earlier summer nature posts - in hopes that everyone can safely enjoy their time outdoors
It the season for fierce fun at the beach!
It’s hard not to love running with the waves, digging in the sand, and finding treasures at your feet. It’s easy to bring too little or too much with you to the beach. Let’s start off with a good reminder list of what you might want to bring with you if you are taking children to the beach…
No doubt about it, time outdoors in nature is time well spent for children and adults alike. It is important to know what to watch out for and what to do if a problem arises while out on a hike, playing at the beach, or wherever your wanderlust takes you. Today’s blog will focus on introducing children to the concept of hazards.
Nature Preschools and Nature-based Preschools are currently a fast growing trend in the United States. That is not to say that there haven’t always been nature-based preschools, but parents and teachers are certainly expanding the opportunities for outdoor learning across the country.