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    Leave No Child Inside Leave No Child Inside Presentation Transcript

    • Leave No Child Inside! A Study of ECE Outdoor Program Environments Click mouse to advance slide Harvest Resources www.ecetrainers.com
    • How do you think about playgrounds for children? Do you see them as places to blow-off steam, giving children a break from the important lessons you plan for your classroom? Leave No Child Inside invites you to transform conventional thinking about outdoor environments, and to plan them as thoughtfully as your indoor environments for learning.
    • In his important book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Children from Nature Deficit Disorder , Richard Louv reminds us that unlike television (and we might add school), nature does not steal time. It amplifies it. It offers new possibilities.
    • The out-of-doors offers a larger world for children. It can provide places for freedom, exploring, and solace. Being in natural outdoor environments helps children thrive not only physically, but socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.
    • Likewise, there are human costs that come with alienation from nature. Today’s children are experiencing the symptoms: stress, obesity, fear, depression, and ADHD.
    • Well designed playgrounds help change these conditions for children—reducing stress, sharpening their concentration, and promoting creative problem solving. We can nurture children’s enthusiasm for the out-of-doors and their commitment to protecting nature for generations to come.
    • Beyond safety guidelines and risk management, this study guide invites you to consider these elements when planning outdoor environments for young children:
        • Connecting children to nature
        • Caring for plants and creatures
        • Landscaping for adventure and drama
        • Creating places to feel powerful & competent
        • Designing cozy spaces and gathering places
        • Enhancing play with props and activities
        • Defining spaces for people and things
    • Connecting Children to Nature
    • Why is the natural world important for children?
      • Learning to notice the details of texture, color, smell, and sound
      • Finding one’s place in the cycle of life
      • Becoming a steward of plants and creatures
      • Finding the joys of water, dirt, and sand
      • Learning to notice the details…
    • What colors & textures can you find? How would you feel in this place?
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    • Finding one’s place in the cycle of life
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      • Becoming a steward of plants and creatures
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      • Finding the joys of water, dirt, & sand
    • Moving water
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    • Adding more dimensions
    • INSPIRATION
    • Conserving water with a dog lick
    • Sand beyond the box
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    • And don’t forget… the value of dirt
    • And the joys of excavation!
    • Landscaping for Adventure and Drama
    • Landscaping for adventure and drama Look around your outdoor play area.
      • Are there places that
        • engage a sense of wonder
        • provoke curiosity and a desire to investigate?
      • Can children do the work of
        • a scientist
        • an ecologist
        • or archeologist?
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        • conquer fears, take risks,
        • develop courage and become heroes?
    • Building in pathways
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    • guide children to journeys, mysteries, destinations, and discoveries. Pathways
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    • draw children to explore, soar, and discover how to focus their physical energy and imagination. Pathways
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    • Where could you add a pathway in your play area?
    • INSPIRATION
    • Adding platforms
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    • Places to get up
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    • Places to get under
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    • Creating places to feel powerful and competent
      • Building muscles
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    • Building confidence
    • Building imaginations
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    • INSPIRATION
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    • Learning to keep yourself safe when you take risks
    • INSPIRATION
    • Designing cozy spaces & gathering places
    • The outdoors is not just for big energy, but also for relaxing, letting nature be your nest.
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    • Do you have cozy places in your play yard?
    • Places where a few can gather ?
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    • INSPIRATION
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    • Places for an audience when it’s time for a show?
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    • Being in the fresh air clears your head and opens your heart.
    • Enhancing play with props & activities
    • When you bring indoor things outside, you expand the possibilities with A different quality of light More space Less worry about mess.
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    • Loose parts can travel and become tools, forts, props for representing ideas and extending dramas.
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    • Defining spaces for people and things
    • Some final thoughts about outdoor environments Fences and gates should not only protect a playground, but also foster good feelings. Define each outdoor play area as carefully as you do indoor areas. Create storage and clean up systems in convenient locations.
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    • Even when your space is small, you can plan for different interest areas.
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    • Storage systems
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    • Clean-up systems
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    • And, one more thing…
    • Create outdoor spaces for families and teachers too!
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    • As you study the ideas here begin to make a plan for your program. What can you do differently tomorrow? What could you have in place in a month? What is your goal for the next few years?
        • Connecting children to nature
        • Caring for plants and creatures
        • Landscaping for adventure and drama
        • Creating places to feel powerful & competent
        • Designing cozy spaces and gathering places
        • Enhancing play with props and activities
        • Defining spaces for people and things
    • Leave no child inside. For further inspiration, read Richard Louv (2006), Last Child in the Woods. Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder NY: Algonguin You can prevent nature deficit disorder! Visit Harvest Resources for ongoing information. www.ecetrainers.com