ERIC Number: ED444760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Snail Trails and Tadpole Tales: Nature Education for Young Children.
Cohen, Richard; Tunick, Betty Phillips
Nature education for young children involves building both cognitive and emotional connections to the natural world through the use of indoor and outdoor activities and through field trips. This guide to nature education is based on the stories of how two early childhood teachers created mini-habitats and then built indoor and outdoor activities around them. Following the introduction, the guide defines nature education and its importance, describes how children learn, identifies mini-habitats as developmentally appropriate, discusses the teacher's and the environment's role, suggests goals, discusses working with mixed-age groups, and suggests ways to talk with young children about death. Five of the chapters present stories of the mini-habitats and their use with 3- and 4-year-olds, followed by three chapters suggesting other mini-habitats to try. Each chapter begins with a description of the habitat, an explanation of how to set it up, and a list of activities to accompany it. Also included are discussions of children's day-to-day experiences as they explore the mini-habitats, and the teachers' responses. The mini-habitats presented are: (1) "Tadpoles to Frogs"; (2) "Earthworms"; (3) "Praying Mantises"; (4) "Silkworms"; (5) "Snails"; (6) "Butterflies"; (7) "Ladybugs"; and (8) "Fish and Pond Environments." The final section of the guide lists organizational resources, and recommended books and articles in the areas of science, early childhood and teaching, children and community violence, and children and death. (KB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Habitats, Learning Activities, Learning Centers (Classroom), Outdoor Education, Teacher Role, Young Children
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Roger Tory Peterson Inst. of Natural History, Inc., Jamestown, NY.
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