ERIC Number: EJ784119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 2
Infants and Toddlers Meet the Natural World
McHenry, Jolie D.; Buerk, Kathy J.
Young Children, v63 n1 p40-41 Jan 2008
Children observe, listen, feel, taste, and take apart while exploring everything in their environment. Teachers can cultivate nature investigations with very young children by offering infants natural objects they can explore and investigate. When adults introduce nature in the earliest stages of development, children will be open to new ideas and skills. Learning through nature can provide children with hands-on experiences, leading to a greater understanding of one's dependence on the earth's physical environment. They will be able to carry these skills with them throughout their lifetime. Nature provides opportunities for children to grow in all areas of their development. In this article, the authors present some images and examples from their program.
Descriptors: Play, Investigations, Infants, Physical Environment, Developmental Stages, Natural Resources, Child Development, Experiential Learning, Toddlers, Language Acquisition, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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