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Learning Opportunities: Outdoors and Growing Things

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Planning to engage and interest children

ISBN: 9781921613807
Code: TS0274
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Planting a seed and watching it grow can be a truly magical experience for young children. It can give them a real sense of awe and wonder – as well as developing the skills of nurture and patience. There is no better way to learn anything than through your own first-hand experience. You cannot teach someone how mud feels when you squelch it between your fingers, how it feels to have ice-cold rain trickle down the back of your coat or how the air smells different as the seasons change. These things have to be experienced first-hand and the more opportunities children get to work and play outdoors the more opportunities they will have to learn.

This book provides a store of practical ideas focusing on gardening and growing, enabling educators to plan ahead with confidence.

Pages: 36 | Ages: 0-5 | Published: September 2014

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About the Authors

Alistair Bryce-Clegg has spent his career as a teacher, head teacher and early years consultant. He has worked alongside educators in a diverse range of settings to develop approaches to planning and teaching that really engage children in the learning process.

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Bridie Raban is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.