- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (April 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157110741X
- ISBN-13: 978-1571107411
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators Paperback – April 30, 2008
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What most children learn in school is divorced from the landscape they see right outside their classroom windows, according to Sobel. His life work has been dedicated to fostering children's direct experience of their natural surroundings right alongside learning about history, math, art, and other subjects. In Sobel's words "we must show how School and Mother Nature can become friends again." When the study of nature and the environment occurs outside in real landscapes, children learn much more than just facts and concepts. Such engagement provides students with not only the thinking skills needed to pass tests, but also helps them to grow into responsible citizens and stewards of the Earth. To help educators create nature-based curricula, Sobel articulates seven "play motifs" that he has observed during children's interactions with nature. Based on these motifs, such as "making friends with animals" or "constructing adventures," Sobel offers design principles for developing nature-based curricula.
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Awesome ideas for nature based learning for our children....easy read full of great infoPublished 1 month ago by Carol Mandracchia
had to buy this book for an environmental education class. didn't pick it up until it was required to. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by cm reader