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ERIC Number: EJ1108433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
Wild Beginnings: How a San Antonio Initiative Instills the Love of Nature in Young Children
Kharod, Deepti; Arreguín-Anderson, Maria G.
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v3 n1 p72-84 2015
This paper describes an environmental education initiative called Starting out Wild (SoW) designed for toddlers and their caretakers. The program, developed by staff and volunteers of a city parks department, engages children ages 1-3 and their parents and caretakers through outdoor learning experiences. We suggest that environmental education learning for young children should focus on nurturing positive emotional relationships with nature and keep in mind practices that are appropriate to the children's development. In this article, first we offer a rationale for situating early environmental learning in an affective approach. Next, we examine learning about the environment in the context of developmentally appropriate practice for young children, drawing on guidelines developed by the North American Association for Environmental Educators (NAAEE) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Then we describe the San Antonio-based SoW program, including discussion of a sample lesson. We conclude with recommendations for practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A