ERIC Number: EJ1044065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 34
Discovering Nature: The Benefits of Teaching Outside of the Classroom
Jacobi-Vessels, Jill L.
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v41 n3 p4-10 2013
Nature play can be an effective teaching strategy across the curriculum and may provide children and teachers with lasting memories. Research shows that experiences in natural settings provide multiple benefits to young children, including increased physical activity, reduced obesity, improved concentration, and enhanced social skills. Early childhood teachers are invaluable guides to children's experiences and have a direct impact on development and learning. By giving children frequent opportunities to play outdoors in plant-rich settings, teachers prepare children to recognize, appreciate, and reap the benefits of the natural beauty in the world throughout their lives.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Outdoor Education, Physical Activities, Interpersonal Competence, Social Development, Emotional Development, Play, Child Safety
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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