Faculty: Susie Spikol Faber
The best forest kindergarten teachers are both knowledgeable about early childhood and knowledgeable about local natural history. This course will focus on learning the natural history of northern New England that most directly relates to being outdoors with children. Participants will learn the flora, fauna and natural phenomena and skills that effectively engage young children. Fire-building, basket-making, nature art, tracking, children’s literature as a vehicle to nature exploration, and wild edibles will be some of the topics considered.
We’ll discuss both winter and spring natural history with a focus on how to keep children engaged under cold and/or wet conditions.
Part of AUNE’s Nature-Based Childhood Education Program series