Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education Nature Literacy Series, Vol. 1

Orion Society - This expanded version of one of Orion's most popular articles includes descriptions of developmentally appropriate environmental education activities and a list of related children's books. Beyond ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand and care deeply for nature from an early age.





Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities Nature Literacy Series, Vol. 4

Orion Society - Through academic research, practical examples, and insightful strategies drawn from classrooms throughout the United States, Sobel outlines the practice and pedagogy of this transformative philosophy of education. In placed-based education, the author of the highly influential book Beyond Ecophobia, David Sobel, details and celebrates an approach to teaching that emphasizes connections among school, community, and environment.





Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators

Stenhouse Publishers - As increasing numbers of kids come to school wishing to take action, educators want to know how to teach in a way that fosters a love of nature and an understanding of the complexity and seriousness of these issues. In childhood and nature, noted educator David Sobel makes the case that meaningful connections with the natural world don't begin in the rainforest or arctic, but in our own backyards and communities.

However, as childhood and nature demonstrates, linking curriculum with an engagement in the real world not only provides students with the thinking skills needed for whatever test comes their way, but also helps them grow into responsible citizens and stewards of the earth. Public discussions of global climate change and other threats to the planet are making children more aware of environmental issues.

Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators - And while engaged in these projects, science, math, social studies, students learn language arts, as well as essential problem-solving and social skills through involvement with nature and their communities. The pressures of test preparation, standards, and curriculum frameworks often reduce the study of nature and the environment to a set of facts and general concepts.

. Place-based education projects that make effective use of the principles are detailed throughout the book. Based on his observations of recurrent play themes around the world, Sobel articulates seven design principles that can guide teachers in structuring learning experiences for children.





Into The Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching Nature Literacy Series No. 3

Orion Society - Into the field provides teachers with curriculum ideas for engaging students in the natural and cultural history of their communities. The book is both theoretical and practical, combining pedagogical background on why field work enhances educational experiences with the nuts and bolts details of how one gets started.

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The Failure of Environmental Education And How We Can Fix It

University of California Press - In this forward-looking book, including the no child left Behind Act, developing sustainable food and energy sources, they assess the current political climate, a disaster for environmental education, and discuss how education can stimulate action―including decreasing consumption and demand, and addressing poverty.

Their multidisciplinary perspective encompasses such approaches as school gardens, using school buildings as teaching tools, and the greening of schoolyards. Arguing for a paradigm shift in the way we view education as a whole, The Failure of Environmental Education demonstrates how our education system can create new levels of awareness and work toward a sustainable future.

The Failure of Environmental Education And How We Can Fix It - . At a time when wild places everywhere are vanishing before our eyes, Charles Saylan and Daniel T. Blumstein offer this passionate indictment of environmental education―along with a new vision for the future. Writing for general readers and educators alike, biodiversity loss, Saylan and Blumstein boldly argue that education today has failed to reach its potential in fighting climate change, and environmental degradation.

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Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

New Harbinger Publications - With this book, you’ll discover little things you can do anytime, body, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, and spirit. Book full of helpful information about the benefits of letting your children play outside freely. Written by pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook Angela J.

Used book in Good Condition. But more and more, motor, studies show that children need “rough and tumble” outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, and executive functions. Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before, and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments.

We’ve taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. Learn about why and how outdoor play is so beneficial. Hanscom. Angela hanscom is a powerful voice for balance. Richard louv, author of last child in the woods in this important book, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children’s cognitive development and growth, balanced, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, and offers tons of fun, and resilient adults.

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children - So, how can you ensure your child is fully engaging their body, and all of their senses? using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program—that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis—author Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help your child thrive, mind, even if you live in an urban environment.

Today’s kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television, video games, and computer screens.





Out of the Classroom and into the World: Learning from Field Trips, Educating from Experience, and Unlocking the Potential of Our Students and Teachers

The New Press - Hanscom. Bank street college of education professor Salvatore Vascellaro is a leading advocate of taking children and teachers into a wider world as the key to improving our struggling schools. Based on the core principles of progressive pedagogy, school administrator, and teacher educator, and the wisdom gained from Vascellaro’s experience as a teacher, Out of the Classroom and into the World is a direct retort to test scores and standards as adequate measures of teaching and learning—an inspiring call and major new resource for anyone interested in reinvigorating America’s classrooms.

. Vascellaro shows, equally, that what teachers can offer children is fueled by their own engagement with the world, and he offers stunning examples of teachers awakened by their direct experiences with the social issues plaguing American society—from the flood-torn areas of New Orleans to the mining areas of West Virginia.

Out of the Classroom and into the World: Learning from Field Trips, Educating from Experience, and Unlocking the Potential of Our Students and Teachers - Used book in Good Condition. Combining practical and theoretical guidance, what connects them to the people and places of their neighborhood, Out of the Classroom and into the World visits a rich variety of classrooms transformed by innovative field trip curricula—showing how students’ hearts and minds are opened as they discover how a suspension bridge works, and as they come to understand the ecosystem of a river by following it to its source.

Learn about why and how outdoor play is so beneficial. Written by pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook Angela J. Encourages outdoor exploration, creative play, parent-child bonding, exercise. A brilliant source of tips and advice for enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors!





Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

Algonquin Books - Used book in Good Condition. Last child in the woods is the first book to bring together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development-physical, emotional, and spiritual. Written by pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook Angela J.

. The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind. Never before in history have children been so plugged in-and so out of touch with the natural world. Great product!

Today, such as beetles and oak trees, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, in their own community. There are solutions, though, and they're right in our own backyards. I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are, " reports a fourth-grader.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder - Nature-deficit disorder is not a medical condition; it is a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. Some startling facts: by the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970 Learn about why and how outdoor play is so beneficial.

Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making.





Primary Science: Taking the Plunge

Heinemann - Learn about why and how outdoor play is so beneficial. The ideas harlen presents are firmly grounded in classroom practice and illustrated by numerous classroom examples. Book full of helpful information about the benefits of letting your children play outside freely. Written by pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook Angela J.

No other text is quite so accessible. When primary science was first published, it provided such valuable insight into the teacher's role in the science classroom that it quickly became the standard against which all other methods texts were measured. But is also for science specialists and curriculum directors or leaders who are attempting to ensure that students' science activities offer genuine learning experiences.

Primary Science: Taking the Plunge - Hanscom. It is particularly aimed at generalist teachers, who may not see themselves as "science teachers, " yet have to teach science. Each chapter ends with a summary of main points that will enable readers to locate advice quickly and refer back to detailed discussions. Used book in Good Condition. Now, wynne harlen has revised her classic text, updating it with the most recent and pertinent research, sixteen years later, while preserving the parts that have endured and need no change.

Primary science is written for preservice and inservice classroom teachers in primary, elementary, and middle schools. Encourages outdoor exploration, creative play, parent-child bonding, exercise.





Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning

Redleaf Press - This helpful guide provides the curriculum, ideas, and guidance needed to foster special gifts in children. Nature preschools and forest kindergartens walks you through the European roots of the concept to the recent resurgence of these kinds of programs in North America. Going well beyond a history lesson, these experts provide the framework to understand the concepts and build a learning community that stimulates curiosity and inquisitiveness in a natural environment.

He currently serves as senior faculty in the education department at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. Book full of helpful information about the benefits of letting your children play outside freely. Environmental education expert David Sobel joins with a variety of colleagues to share their experiences and steps for creating a successful forest kindergarten program.

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning - Written by pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook Angela J. Great product! Hanscom. His expertise and passion have led him to authoring seven books and being identified as one of the "gurus and rock stars of environmental education" by Teacher magazine. Encourages outdoor exploration, creative play, parent-child bonding, exercise.

A brilliant source of tips and advice for enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors!





A Year of Forest School: Outdoor Play and Skill-building Fun for Every Season

Watkins Publishing - Each of the four seasonal chapters includes a description of an extended session combining active and quieter activities plus, for some, an idea for foraging/cooking to guide Forest School leaders planning themed days and parents looking for party inspiration or nature days out. The forest school ethos of nature-based play and learning that encourages children to develop confidence, self-esteem and emotional intelligence is exactly what’s needed in an era when childhood problems such as obesity and anxiety are on the rise.

Structured around the four seasons of the year, each chapter is packed full of step-by-step Forest School games and activities that harmonize with the weather and what’s happening in nature at that time of year, with a nod to seasonal festivals such as Easter and Christmas. More games, crafts and skills Forest School style, building on the success of Play the Forest School Way.

This book is organized by season to encourage kids to get outdoors come rain, shine or snow!Following on from the bestselling Play the Forest School Way,  here is a brilliant selection of brand-new games, crafts and activities to get kids developing new skills and exploring the natural world all year round.

A Year of Forest School: Outdoor Play and Skill-building Fun for Every Season - Book full of helpful information about the benefits of letting your children play outside freely. In spring, for example, or inspired by bird song craft sistrums from sticks and bottle tops, you could make a mud birthday cake to celebrate Earth Day on 22 April, or make a clay hare and enjoy dandelion tea and a chocolate egg hunt at a spring day out.

Woven through the year are stories from the authors’ own Forest School classes, as they make a passionate case for the importance of ensuring children’s access to nature and the incredible benefits they will gain from being outside, even in the heart of a city. Learn about why and how outdoor play is so beneficial.