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Sharing Nature with Children, 20th Anniversary Edition Paperback – March 1, 1998
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Whether you are a parent or a teacher, you will find that this simple, small but comprehensive book will be the dog-eared book on the shelf or the coffee table...or the one that gets loaned out to friends the most. In every place I have taught environmental ed, I have seen activities from this book being used. In fact, so many enviro ed books have borrowed and adapted activities from this book that they have become classics.
The best part of this book is that it is a comprehensive teaching tool called "Flow Learning" that works like a cookbook. What I mean by this is that you can pull out just one 'recipe' for an activity, or combine several into the educational equivalent of a full four-course meal. Cornell's book is more than just a nature book, it is a system of four stages called 'Flow Learning', which very simply and effectively models how to facilitate connecting children (yes- even inner city children) with nature.
If you don't find this book extremely invaluable, I would probably offer to buy it back from you. After all, I can't seem to get back that last copy I loaned out...
Another favorite was the un-nature trail in which you hide man made objects along a trail to see how many the kids can locate. Even the kids who only found 1 out of 15 items(yes it's true) were thrilled to go back over the trail with me as I pointed out the glasses, the wooden spoon etc.
I would prepare more carefully for the "blind trail" than I did - setting out rules and perimeters before hand. I had two blindfolded, crying children who had accidentally been walked into a tree or led off of a fallen log by their inexperienced partner.
This book is one of my all time favorites despite any mishaps. I can't think of a better book to help you get children excited about being outside with the birds and the trees.
gives instructions for playing outdoor education games
that work. This is an excellent guide for
educators, camp counselors and scout leaders. Some
games are designed to work in forested areas and are
difficult to adapt to treeless areas.
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Absolutely fantastic book - first got it 20 years ago, lent my copy out when I was an outdoor educator... no idea where it went. Now I have it back and I'm delighted. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Allison Menegoni
Awesome book on how to share nature with those who are young, including games that help create awareness of surroundings or just getting them excited!Published 12 months ago by Seth Eberle
This is a must have for all environmental educators. The games are described well and the kids love it!Published 14 months ago by Steven Pearce
Classic nature sharing book loaded with good ideas, exercises and fun stuff that will teach children about our natural world. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lady Pamela
This is a great book to give parents ideas for how to engage children in nature. Fun activities for adults as well. Helps everyone to focus and be in the moment.Published 19 months ago by Felicia Mendygral