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Burgess, Eva; Ernst, Julie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
Increasing demands of accountability and academic readiness across U.S. preschools are often accompanied by decreased play and time outdoors during the school day. The nature preschool movement, grounded in a desire to foster connection to the natural world while also supporting important developmental processes and school readiness, counteracts…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources
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Nxumalo, Fikile; Villanueva, Marleen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
This article is situated within ongoing efforts in early childhood education to unsettle extractive relations with the more-than-human world and efforts to situate children's learning within current conditions of environmental vulnerability. The authors discuss some pedagogical and curricular interruptions that emerged from foregrounding…
Descriptors: Water, Early Childhood Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Kindergarten
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Cordiano, Tori S.; Lee, Alexis; Wilt, Joshua; Elszasz, Audrey; Damour, Lisa K.; Russ, Sandra W. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Time spent outdoors benefits children's physical, social and psychological development, although children today spend far less time outdoors than children of previous generations. The nature-based school initiative has grown in popularity as a means of increasing children's connection with nature and harnessing its benefits for their educational…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Outdoor Education, Program Effectiveness
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Ashmann, Scott – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
The challenges and successes of planning, implementing, and evaluating a nature-based four-year-old kindergarten program are shared as well as a description of the first years of the program that is designed to enhance the students' academic, physical, social, and emotional development. In addition, a description of how the partnership among a…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten, Wildlife
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Larimore, Rachel – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
Nature-based early childhood education. Nature-based preschool. Nature preschool. Forest kindergarten. Nature kindergarten. Waldkindergarten. Forest school. These are a few of the program terms currently being discussed among early childhood environmental education professionals in the United States. Why is there so much discussion about the names…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten
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Bailie, Patti; Rosenow, Nancy – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
The collection of papers contained in this special issue was elicited by a worldwide call for papers to explore settings that provided nature experiences for young children, with attention given to the effects that these initiatives have on the holistic development and environmental awareness of the children, as well as impacts on the teachers and…
Descriptors: Youth, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Educational Environment