Maria Montessori, the groundbreaking child development theorist, said of children and their way of learning, “The things [they] see are not just remembered, they form a part of [their] soul.” Montessori, like many other practitioners in the field of early education, saw the value in incorporating nature play into children’s lives. She believed that children should have opportunities to “run outside when it is raining,…rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade, and shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.” This philosophy reflects the deep understanding of the relationship between nature play and children’s social-emotional well-being, which continues to be confirmed by modern psychological research.
Current research on the impact of nature play on children finds that time spent in nature provides many benefits to children, including improving social relations, self-discipline, creativity and problem solving, and buffering the impacts of life stress. In this workshop, educators of young children can explore current research about the benefits of nature play for young children, refresh their understandings about best practices for supporting social-emotional development, and apply their understandings to create rich curriculum to support development in a nature-based or outdoor learning environment.
100% of this course addresses the issues of diverse learners
Date: July 28, 2021 (Registration will close Tuesday, July 27 at noon)
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM (with a 30 minute assignment)
Please note: This training will take place with a minimum of 10 participants. If 10 participants do not enroll, the training will be cancelled and refunds will be provided. Should the training take place and you are unable to attend, refunds will not be provided once enrolled.
6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
|| Beth Doubrava