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Nature in Early Years Settings

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Outdoors All Day: A Walk Through A Forest Preschool

Contributed By: The Canadian Child Care Federation

1 ECE Hour.

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Like most preschools, the children at the Carp Ridge Forest Preschool follow a typical day that begins with circle time in the morning, lunch at noon, creative and physical activities throughout the day and a nap in the afternoon. But unlike most preschools, these children do these things outdoors the whole day

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Back to Nature

Author: Monica Carruthers RECE, ECRT, AECEO.C

1 ECE Hour.

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Find out why exposure to nature is so important to brain development and how easy it is to incorporate nature in the curriculum every day. Your role as the play and learning partner will have you planning your outdoor curriculum to get them (and you) excited about outside play. Daily nature play has a positive impact on children with ADHD, FASD, and those of us who are "spirited". Modeling healthy lifestyles will impact lifelong health and well-being as well.

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Back to Nature (Webinar Format)

Webinar Format

Author: Monica Carruthers RECE, ECRT, AECEO.C

1 ECE Hour.

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Find out why exposure to nature is so important to brain development and how easy it is to incorporate nature in the curriculum every day. Your role as the play and learning partner will have you planning your outdoor curriculum to get them (and you) excited about outside play. Daily nature play has a positive impact on children with ADHD, FASD, and those of us who are "spirited". Modeling healthy lifestyles will impact lifelong health and well-being as well.

Beyond the Blanket - The Outdoor Classroom for Infants and Toddlers

 

Webinar Format

Author: Monica Carruthers RECE, ECRT, AECEO.C

1 ECE Hour.

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Early learning professionals and parents often feel stressed when trying to plan time outdoors for infants and toddlers. In this webinar we explore ideas on how to set up your outdoor classroom for the investigation of young and curious children

Literacy and the Outdoor Classroom (Webinar Format)

Webinar Format

Author: Monica Carruthers RECE, ECRT, AECEO.C

1 ECE Hour.

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Literacy is a developing communication system including oral skills, speaking, listening, imagination, reading and writing. In this webinar we will explore the importance of the Outdoor Classroom and creative ways to bring literacy development to the play based environment. We will explore how  these literacy activities support the four important foundations for learning; belonging, engagement, expression and well-being..

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Common Poisonous Plants

Author: Ingrid Crowthers, PHD

1 ECE Hour.

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Ingrid Crowther has compiled a handbook of photographs identifying poisonous plants, that will guide your selection of safe plants for your outdoor classroom.

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Reconnecting with Nature

Contributed By: The Canadian Child Care Federation

1 ECE Hour.

Learning Continuum: Foundation

This module includes the work of several authors who explain the need to recommit to having nature in our child care programs, to gain what we have lost emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and culturally. A must for educators concerned about supporting children to be calm, caring and competent.

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ECE and Nature - Ideas that Work

​Contributed By: The Canadian Child Care Federation

1 ECE Hour.

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Early Childhood Educators and child care providers play an important role in building children's connections to nature, one child at a time. It may be organic gardening, recycling or growing a forest that gets children involved with nature, through which they show themselves to be competent and invested in their environments

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