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ERIC Number: EJ851017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Kinder-Gardeners: The Power of Nature to Nurture
Hutchinson-Harmon, Linda
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n188 p58-62 Jul-Aug 2009
The author shares a story about the positive power of nature in the lives of children, particularly those children who are at-risk for school failure. The setting for the story is the Central Child Development Center (CCDC) in Rock Hill, South Carolina, a public preschool with four-year-old kindergarten students (4K) and preschoolers with special needs. The next part of this story involves a program in Rock Hill Schools, called the Rebound Alternative Program, which serves middle school students (6th-8th grade) referred to the program by their home school's administrative staff or through court action. These students, for a variety of academic, social, and behavioral issues, have fallen behind and are "at risk" for dropping out of school. The Central Child Development Center for Pre-K has invested in nature to increase the academic, health, and social readiness of the students for kindergarten. Project Rebound staff has collaborated with CCDC to increase the successful reintegration of their students back into their home schools. The collaboration has been deemed a successful investment by both programs. During the 2007-2008 school year, "Kinder-Gardeners", a very ambitious gardening project was undertaken by a new group of Rebound students and several CCDC teachers. As in any good preschool program, activities related to the outdoor gardening project were integrated into "inside" activities. The author discusses how the "Kinder-Gardeners" project was connected with best practice in the early childhood education and identifies the benefits of the project to preschoolers and middle school students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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