This week all across the globe, we celebrate Week of the Young Child. What I’d really like to see take place this week is for early childhood teachers to put away the lesson plans, and take their students outside for a nature walk. There is so much we can all learn from observing the natural wonders of our environment. Teachers can provide the young child with paper and crayons to draw what they see, magnifying lenses to observe nature up close, and an easy to handle container to place objects collected from nature in. When students have had sufficient time to explore the outdoors find a shaded area on the school yard, and ask students to share their observations as well as their drawings, and the objects they collected while outdoors. The video below is of a young girl exploring her neighborhood, she shares her observations, and knowledge of nature. For more information about Week of the Young Child check out the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
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Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on April 25, 2012 in Teacher Training Workshops, What Makes A Great Teacher? Comments Off on Week of the Young Child April 22nd-28th, 2012