Book encourages outdoor play activities that connect young children to nature
Lewisville, N.C. – Supporting a growing movement among parents and educators, Gryphon House announced today the launch of a new book that encourages outdoor play. Learning Is in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations, by Ruth Wilson, PhD, offers clear strategies for incorporating outdoor play experiences into a young child’s day. With 40 hands-on activities, Learning Is in Bloom illustrates how to engage young children in investigating nature, both indoors and outdoors, on the school grounds, and on excursions around the neighborhood.
"Connecting young children with nature should focus more on fostering a sense of wonder and promoting positive dispositions than on teaching facts, meeting academic benchmarks or achieving standards-based competencies,” Wilson said. “While fostering a love of nature is a major goal, the activities also promote all areas of early childhood education and development.”
Through her descriptions and full-color photos, Dr. Wilson outlines how scientific investigations, mathematical thinking, art explorations, literacy and social-emotional development are all enhanced when done in the natural environment. The book also provides suggestions on how to include children with special needs and on how to manage children’ fears.
Pre-orders are available now. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Is in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations; ISBN 978-0-87659-374-5; 192 pp.; PB; $19.95.
About the Author
Ruth Wilson, PhD, works as an educational consultant and curriculum writer with special expertise in the area of early childhood environmental education and other initiatives in connecting young children with nature. Dr. Wilson recently worked with the Brookfield Zoo developing their NatureStart professional development program. She also has worked with Sesame Street designing nature education programs, and served as an evaluator with the nature preschool at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee.