Learning through Nature

Way back in 1997, Robin Moore and Herb Wong wrote a book documenting the incredible transformation of an American school’s grounds from an exposed asphalt desert into a nature-filled paradise of happiness, wellbeing and highly motivated learning – called Natural Learning: the life history of an environmental schoolyard and subtitled ‘creating environments for rediscovering nature’s way …

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Helpful Resources: A focus on nature-based preschools from Barnardos in Ireland

Over the lifetime of this blog, we have been able to point people to a wide range of relevant and useful resources, carrying out the aspiration for Early Childhood Outdoors to act as a resource directory: Acting as a source directory, Early Childhood Outdoors helps to share resources that support the mission of “more children …

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Nature Play for Babies and Toddlers

I have just finished reading the very interesting paper published (open access online on 28th May 2021) by Nicola Kemp and Jo Josephidou in the journal Early Years, titled Babies and toddlers outdoors: a narrative review of the literature on provision for under twos in ECEC settings. This is from the first phase of their Froebel Trust funded …

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Sustainability mindset – challenging the norm and raising questions on pedagogy and practice

A few months ago, in April 2021, Janet Packer and Lindsey Bielby shared some of their vision for Growing Wild Outdoor Nursery at an online meeting hosted by Sheffield branch of Early Education.  I was struck by how they framed their approach in practice, towards their core values of wellbeing and sustainability, as a sustainability …

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Outdoor Learning in Carraig Briste & Killegney Early Years

One of the key intentions of Early Childhood Outdoors has been to create a strong and resilient meshwork that brings together the life journeys (both past achievements and future aspirations) of the very many people around the UK and Ireland who hold a strong belief in the importance and value of being outdoors for young …

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A complete guide to forest school provision and nature pedagogy

I’m delighted that this post brings you three things in one: news of the publication of a masterpiece of a book; a lively, live on-line book launch in which we can hear from the two authors; and some reflections from the deep and prolonged experience of writing such a joint Magnus Opus! As described on …

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Mud and good companionship

We all know that feeling and showing gratitude is both good for you and motivates positive action, and that regularly noticing and being thankful for small things is just as good – quite likely better – than less frequent larger scale events.  Daily experience of gratefulness for what you have can generate wonderful feelings of …

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A book a day for nature play – week 5 of 30 Days Wild

This week completes 30 Days Wild 2021 and a wonderful June filled with random acts of wildness. And our final weekly selection of children’s picture book recommendations completes this year’s library for stimulating or responding to young children’s fascination with the natural world, and encouraging and enhancing play in and with nature: On Monday our Creatures …

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A book a day for nature play – week 4 of 30 Days Wild

This week of 30 Days Wild coincides with National Picnic Week, running from 19th – 27th June this year.  Picnics bring together everything about enjoying and appreciating being outdoors, and can be a marvellous way to spend time with others – both human and non-human! This week’s contribution for our Nature Play library collection might …

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A book a day for nature play – and a global Play Summit!

What a Wonderful World is most certainly the theme in nature right now!  Spring is close to turning into summer; the longest day is less than two weeks away; and it is so lovely to watch parent birds feeding their fluffy fledglings. This week’s collection of recommended picture books takes us past the halfway mark …

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