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let the children play: they play, but do they write?

let the children play: they play, but do they write? | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it

In a play-based curriculum every day provides endless opportunities to learn about print in meaningful situations. So lets keep on providing the best practice for young children in their early childhood programs through play and not fall into the trap of thinking that play excludes literacy.

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Sue Atkins's curator insight, June 29, 2013 2:29 AM

The importance of #play 

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In which I ask, “Why even go outside?”

In which I ask, “Why even go outside?” | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it
When I take Patrick outside, on a trail somewhere or at a nature park, as a parent I allow him these (what seem to me simple and obvious) activities for children: - running on a trail, out of my ar...
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let the children play: 10 articles on children's play in nature

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10 articles on chidlren's play in nature

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The Natural Playgrounds Company | Outdoor Playground Equipment | Natural Play Environments | Alternative Playgrounds

The Natural Playgrounds Company | Outdoor Playground Equipment | Natural Play Environments | Alternative Playgrounds | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it
The Natural Playgrounds Company® is the leading US expert in the design of innovative, environmentally sensitive natural playgrounds, natural playground elements, and outdoor classrooms for K-12 schools, communities, and childcare centers.
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Look, Don’t Touch | Orion Magazine

Look, Don’t Touch | Orion Magazine | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it
Much of environmental education has become pedantic and rule-bound. Could it actually be turning kids away from nature? Web extra: author interview.
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How to Get Ready for Kindergarten? Play | Slow Family Online

How to Get Ready for Kindergarten? Play | Slow Family Online | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it

Sadly, many children do not have enough outdoor play and free time to develop this skill on their own and are now taught it, not as a joyous life skill, but as part of the readiness curriculum.

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Outdoor Classroom Project :: Videos

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Why young children need outdoor experiences.

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10 Events for Your Own Backyard Olympics

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Instead of celebrating the Summer Olympics by turning into a couch potato for the duration of the games, why not rally friends and neighbors and hold your own backyard Olympics?
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playscapes: Brock Elementary School Natural Playscape (with cost information!), Skala Design, Vancouver Canada, 2010

playscapes: Brock Elementary School Natural Playscape (with cost information!), Skala Design, Vancouver Canada, 2010 | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it

I would love to have my child play on this playground at school!

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But…Isn’t It Dangerous? Risk and Reward in Nature Play : Riverhabitat

But…Isn’t It Dangerous? Risk and Reward in Nature Play : Riverhabitat | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it
Naturally, all parents want their children to be safe; all teachers want their students to be safe; and all organizations want their clients and visitors to be safe. Yet it seems as though our strict standards for workplace safety – that is, no risks, no injuries – are now being applied to children’s outdoor play.
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BRINGING THE MAGIC OF CHILDREN AND NATURE TOGETHER

BRINGING THE MAGIC OF CHILDREN AND NATURE TOGETHER What led you to the writing of your book, Orange Moon - Grandmother Tree? http://www.orangemoontribe.com Y...
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Moving Smart: YOU CAN'T RUN UPHILL INDOORS

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RT @MovingSmartNow: "No TV screen provides the physical clarity & emotional enlightenment NATURE provides free of charge every day." http://t.co/OLaLI6gE #ece...
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Sue Atkins's curator insight, June 29, 2013 2:30 AM

Read my gr8 pal Gill Connell's advice ! 

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The Garden Classroom 52 Kids Gardening Activities | NurtureStore

The Garden Classroom 52 Kids Gardening Activities | NurtureStore | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it
The Garden Classroom brings you 52 creative and playful activities, giving you a whole year’s worth of garden-based projects to enjoy with your children.
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let the children play: loose parts = imagination + creativity

let the children play: loose parts = imagination + creativity | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it

Often, children would rather play with cheaply available materials that they can use and adapt as they please, rather than expensive pieces of play equipment.

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NATURE’S NEURONS: Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture? : The New Nature Movement

NATURE’S NEURONS: Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture? : The New Nature Movement | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature...
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Stop Asking Why – Just Get ‘em Outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

Stop Asking Why – Just Get ‘em Outside! – The Grass Stain Guru | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it
It's Children & Nature Awareness Month. It's time to get em outside!
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Fed Up With Frenzy? Get ‘em Outside to Play! – The Grass Stain Guru

Fed Up With Frenzy? Get ‘em Outside to Play! – The Grass Stain Guru | The ECE Outdoor Classroom | Scoop.it
Tired of the hectic pace of your family life? You are not alone. Get some great ideas for slowing down from author, Suz Sachs Lipman.
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