Course on Nature-Based Early Childhood Curriculum July 8;12 Kicks Off AUNE Series

Nature-Based Early Childhood Curriculum, the first course in a series of programs on nature-based early childhood education, is being offered by Antioch University New England (AUNE ) July 8;12.

This two-credit course will focus on distinctive elements of outdoor programming for children ages three to six. It will be taught by Patti Bailie, education director of the Biosophical Institute and founding director of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Preschool, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The course will cover the philosophy of early childhood environmental education, how nature experiences promote brain development, the value of unstructured play, and other topics.

The cost is $440 per graduate credit; $280 per credit to audit. For more information contact Krishni Pahl, AUNE Department of Education, kpahl@antioch.edu or 603-283-2314.

The curriculum course is the first in a series of programs on nature-based early childhood education offered by AUNE. These programs aim to give educators information and hands-on experience with nature preschools and forest kindergartens, which have a uniquely different approach to education from conventional indoor early-childhood centers.

Courses scheduled for fall 2013 are:

•September 21;22. Landscape Analysis and Design for Nature Play and Learning.
•October 5;6. Natural History for Early Childhood.
•October 26;27. Movement and Storytelling in the Pre-K Classroom.

Courses planned for 2014:

•Business Planning for Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens
•Working with Parents and Community
•Risk Management for Nature-Based Early Childhood
•Early Childhood Education Pre-K to Third
•Childhood and Nature