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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET E a rly C hildhood E d uc ation / Gardening Gardens are where children’s imaginations engage nature, and the result is joyful learning. Gardening helps children develop an appreciation for the natural world Explore the and build the foundation for environmental stewardship. This book is packed with unique and learning experiences—green thumb or a perfect plot of land not required. information and inspiration to help you immerse children in gardening and outdoor Learn how a gardening curriculum supports learning and development across all expansive domains. You’ll also find heaps of suggestions for planning, planting, and caring for learning gardens, gardens grown vertically on a wall or fence, and even rooftop gardens. opportunities Cultivate children’s wonder and appreciation for nature. offered by gardening with children a garden suited to your unique setting, such as container gardens, raised beds, in-ground This book provides D New content reflecting childhood issues and gardening trends that have surfaced in recent years, including concerns that children are becoming alienated from nature and that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic D More than 60 hands-on learning activities for children of all ages to explore plants and garden creatures D Vibrant photographs and classroom stories showcasing great programs from around the country D Resources to help your garden flourish, seed and garden supply lists, information on poisonous plants, and books about gardens and garden creatures S a r a S ta r b u c k is an associate professor in the Department of Human Environmental Studies and administrative director of the Early Childhood Centers for Training, Research, and Education at Southeast Missouri State University. For over thirty years, Dr. Starbuck has been deeply involved in connecting children to nature and helping adults understand the importance of nature in children’s lives. M a rl a O lthof has nine years of teaching experience with toddlers and preschoolers. She has trained teachers in a multitude of settings, including undergraduate practicum experiences and student teaching at Southern Illinois University, at the Purdue University Calumet Head Start Resource Center, in college courses, and at local, state, and national conferences. K a ren M idden is a professor in Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is a landscape architect and teaches courses on landscape design, designing outdoor spaces, and sustainable landscape practices. Her current research and projects include urban agriculture, green roofs, and vertical gardening. ISBN 978-1-60554-157-0 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL $25.95