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ERIC Number: EJ913829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Seeing and Supporting Children's Kinship with the Natural World
Curtis, Deb
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n194 p20-24 Jul-Aug 2010
It is true that many child care centers are lacking in natural environments. The emphasis in programs is more often about rules and regulations for children's health and safety, and concerns about allergies, the weather, and getting dirty. It is also difficult to take groups of children into natural environments with inadequate ratios of adults to children. There are even more challenges to providing experiences in nature when working with groups of infants and toddlers. Add to that adults who are disconnected from the natural world because they spend very little time outdoors, or those who have fear and anxiety being in nature. In order to move beyond the barriers, fears, and inconveniences, it is crucial that adults find ways to cultivate their own deep connections to the natural world. They can learn about the importance of being outdoors from books, seminars, and the Internet, but the best teachers they have are the children they spend their days with as they embrace Mother Nature. In this article, the author describes her remarkable experience in nature with a group of toddlers and their teachers from the United Way Bright Beginnings Quality Improvement Program in Houston, Texas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas