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ERIC Number: EJ930000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Environmental Education: A Natural Way to Nurture Children's Development and Learning
Torquati, Julia
Young Children, v65 n6 p98-104 Nov 2010
Experiences in the natural world help children understand life cycles and seasons, make prediction and become aware of the interdependence between plants, animals, and elements like rain and sun. Early childhood is a critical time to support children's connections to the natural world because young children are naturally curious and there is so much to explore in nature. Captivating their interest and affection during early childhood nurtures positive dispositions toward nature that can last a lifetime. This is a focal point of environment-based education at the Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory (CDL), the early childhood practicum and student teaching site for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This article presents examples that illustrate how teachers at the Ruth Staples CDL intentionally plan a program that is based on North American Association for Environmental Education's (NAAEE's) (1999) six principles of environmental education and Ruth Wilson's (1993) guidelines to implement early childhood environmental education. (Contains 13 resources and 9 online resources.) ["Environmental Education: A Natural Way to Nurture Children's Development and Learning" was written with Mary M. Gabriel, Julie Jones-Branch, and Jennifer Leeper-Miller.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska