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Lens on Outdoor Learning

Lens on Outdoor Learning

Authors: Wendy Banning, Ginny Sullivan
Product Code: 328401
ISBN: 978-1-60554-024-5
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Children and the outdoors . . . naturally!

Nature sets the stage for endless opportunities of discovery, exploration, and appreciation when children's innate curiosity is encouraged. Vivid narratives anchored by colorful photographs and children's stories capture the meaningful learning that takes place when children get out of the classroom and engage and connect with the natural world. Each child-directed experience is framed by a standard in the approaches to learning domain, demonstrating how nature can be used as a unique tool to support early learning.

Lens on Outdoor Learning includes

  • Information to structure and support outdoor experiences
  • An explanation of how each learning standard relates to outdoor learning
  • Inspiration to connect children to the natural world

Change the way you look at teaching-take learning outdoors today!

Age Focus: 3-5. Softbound, 256 pgs.

e-book coming soon

"This book will inspire you to throw open your doors and head outside with your children to jump in puddles, crunch leaves, find worms, and sniff flowers—all with the knowledge that you are helping to spark a deep sense of wonder at the mysteries and beauty of life."
Rusty Keeler, author of Natural Playscapes: Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul

"Lens on Outdoor Learning is a terrific resource for teachers and parents who want to enrich young and curious minds, and their own minds too."
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

"If you have money and time to invest in only one book this year, choose Lens on Outdoor Learning. With vivid photos and stories, each page builds a strong case for recentering our early learning in the natural world. The authors remind us that nature is the key player in meeting early learning standards. This book will invigorate teachers to plan as carefully for the outdoors as they do their classrooms. It's a gem!"
Margie Carter, early childhood consultant and coauthor of Designs for Living and Learning, The Visionary Director, and The Art of Awareness

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by Shirley Rempel
on 10/24/2011
My favorite book about getting children back into nature is Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods, but I have to say Lens On Outdoor Learning is right up there with Louv's.  The book  has full color, real-life illustrations that correspond with fantastic learning activities for children of all ages. All learning areas are covered including math, science and dramatic play. 

One of my favorite quotes from the book is this one:

"Nature is thus a key player in meeting early learning standards. Where else can children lie on their backs and wonder why clouds move across the sky? Where else can they observe the transformation of a green tree into a golden one during the fall, and then watch it drop its leaves to the ground one by one? Where else can children discover where frogs lay their eggs, or come upon a dead bird and wonder what happens when an animal or a person dies? Where else can they discover ice in a bucket that yesterday held water? May of the things that happen outside for children simply cannot happen anywhere else" (p. 184)

This is the perfect book for all early childhood educators and programs to have in their library. It will encourage you and allow you to implement best practices (each national standard is explained in great easy to understand manner) when it comes to combining learning and nature. A powerful combination to be sure. Not only is this is a textbook reference for early childhood educators but perfect for parents and homeschool programs as well.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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Review: The Midwest Book Review- California Bookwatch April 2011 - April 1, 2011
Lens on Outdoor Learning is a 'must' for early childhood education collections. It provides a fine resource for parents and teachers and packs in details on supporting outside learning experiences, showing how to connect kids to the world of nature. Stories and cse histories pack each page and connect risk-taking, responsibility and other issues with the outdoors experience all seasons of the year. Color photos and descriptions make this a lively survey!
Review: New Books column of the March 2011 issue of Young Children - March 1, 2011
The outdoors comes with its own curriculum content in place, embedded in the children’s interactions with natural systems, plant and animal life, and an endless variety of materi- als, challenges, and seasonal changes. This exciting portrait of the education of 3- to 5-year-old children in urban and rural settings provides practical guidance and inspiration to help programs capitalize on the unique potential of learning out- doors. The authors show teachers and administrators how to connect with early learning standards when using the natural world to promote children’s competency in taking initiative, persisting at tasks, solving problems, developing resilience and flexibility, and for other areas. Enchanting color photographs enhance the compelling narratives of children’s learning as they reflect on their interac- tions with the environment, construct theories about meaning based on their past experiences, and test out their theories in their next interaction. These vignettes capture the children’s role in their own learning process. The stories provide a model to help teachers reflect on the learning process and analyze what children are actually doing, so they can help the children refine and extend the approaches they are using. The text includes suggestions for designing the play yard and enriching the curriculum. While focused on learning outdoors, this book is also a child development primer. The authors’ insightful commentary on how young children develop and learn will strengthen teaching inside the classroom as well.
Review: February 2011 Book News Inc. - February 1, 2011
Banning (Irvin Learning Farm) and Sullivan (Learning by the Yard) have extensive experience as teachers and in designing indoor and outdoor learning environments, training teachers, developing curriculum, and documenting children's growth and elarning. They offer early childhood teachers a practical guide to consciously and effectively incorporating outdoor activities into their teaching practices. The text contains an introductory overview of outdoor learning folled by chapters organized by early learning standards, focusing on outdoor activities to facilitate curiosity and engagement and persistence; imagination, invention, and creativity; reasoning and problem-solving, risk-taking, responsibility, and confidence; reflection, interpretation, and application; and flexibilty resilience. Each chapter includes an overview of the standard, its importance to child development, how state and national organizations classify the standard, obervable behaviors or indicators, demonstrating the standard, and illustrated narratives for each indicator. No subject index is included. (Annotation 2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Review: The Midwest Book Review- The Bookwatch November 2010 - November 1, 2010
The great outdoors has plenty to teach the young and curious. "Lens on Outdoor Learning" is a guide for those who want to teach very young children the wonders of the natural world through the great outdoors. Filled with tips and activities to encourage children's natural curiosity about the world around them, Wendy Banning and Ginny Sullivan draw on their own particular experience with outdoor education and provide a packed book with full color photos throughout. A powerful resource for educating pre-Kindergarted to early elementary grade children, "Lens on Outdoor Learning" is not a resource to be missed.

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