A few weeks ago, we hosted the brandspankingnew Growing Up WILD workshop at work. It was fun meeting more traditional preschool educators, and it was illuminating watching them reflect upon issues our nature-based staff routinely focuses so specifically on.
If you're a ECE teacher who's especially excited about nature, or who feels uncertain about how to expose little ones to Environmental Ed, you will lovelovelove Growing Up WILD. During the workshop, you'll dive into lots of hands-onsy learning, and attendees get a (free!) huge, pretty, glossy Growing Up WILD curriculum book filled with nature activities for children between the ages of 3-7. It's got crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections, printables (in both English and Spanish) and tons more; plus, everything's correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards (it even lists the specific Head Start Domains for each activity.) For more information about finding your local workshop locations and dates, visit the Growing Up WILD website.
Wild Horses mp3, Iron & Wine cover version, (via On The Spur of the Moment)