ERIC Number: ED402147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Starting Early: Environmental Education during the Early Childhood Years. ERIC Digest.
Wilson, Ruth A.
This digest highlights the need for beginning environmental education based on life experiences during the very earliest years of life. The rationale for environmental education during the early childhood years is discussed, followed by guidelines for program development grounded on the belief that environmental education for the early years should be based on a sense of wonder and the joy of discovery. The following guidelines are discussed: (1) begin with simple experiences, (2) provide frequent positive experiences outdoors, (3) focus on "experiencing" versus "teaching", (4) demonstrate a personal interest in and enjoyment of the natural world, and (5) model caring and respect for the natural environment. Contains 18 references. (JRH)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Early Childhood Education, Educational Strategies, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education
ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1080.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.