Nuggets from 2016 (Part 3)

This post begins where the last one left off, completing our review of nuggets from the past year.

 

ExpERIEnce is Key

By Heather Fox

Ainslie Brosig, Executive Director of the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum in Erie, Pennsylvania describes herself as a person who does not like to get dirty; a person who tries to “contain a mess.” Yet she created a Nature Explore Classroom. Here’s how she was inspired to embrace the space.

 

This Medical Center Prescribes Nature, and Fills Prescriptions On-Site

By Dexter Lane

 

Engaging Parents in Children’s Outdoor Learning: A Win-Win Proposition

By Sara Gilliam

Parents may play many roles in Nature Explore Classrooms; from fundraising and performing maintenance, to spending time with children. Research has shown that the following factors develop and enhance parental engagement.

 

Play Ball!

By Dexter Lane

 

Cultivating the Scientist in Every Child

By Dexter Lane

 

Kat Gets It

By Dexter Lane

We meet Kat Horion, a teacher at the Temple Shalom Nursery School in West Newton, Massachusetts. Steeped in nature as a child, Kat has an intuitive teaching style that fits perfectly into the third bullet point from the previous post. Her elegantly stated observations are must readings for insight into best practices in outdoor classrooms.

 

Children Lead a Teacher Back to Nature

By Dexter Lane

We meet Erin Borras, another teacher at the Temple Shalom Nursery School.  Although she played in nature as a child, like many, she gradually lost meaningful daily contacts with the natural world as she moved into adulthood.  She described herself as having been in a bubble, with nature on the outside.  Through sharing her love of art, during outdoor projects with the children, Erin returned to feelings of comfort and inspiration in nature.

 

Engaging Teachers as Co-Researchers: A Practice That Fosters Reflective Teaching

By Sara Gilliam

Results from a study of teachers in a Nature Explore Classroom who themselves researched children’s experiences through documentation, and discussions with their peers. Findings from the study:

 

She’ll Find Her Own Grand Canyon

By Dexter Lane

Storage: A Nature Explore Classroom Essential

By Heather Fox

The Nature Explore program participated in the planning and development of the Nature Explore Classroom at Southern Heights Food Forest, a two-acre space in Lincoln, Nebraska. The space houses an outdoor classroom along with a richly diverse array of crop plantings. Lessons learned about storage needs are applicable to any Nature Explore Classroom.

From Not Getting It, to Getting It

By Dexter Lane

 

This Would Never Have Happened Indoors: Holistic Skill Development and Child-Led Learning in Nature Explore Classrooms

By Sara Gilliam

Findings from research performed in a Nature Explore Classroom in Minnesota:


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