Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood is TTASC approved (Trainer/Training Approval System of Colorado) for Qualistar and a Colorado Department of Education approved Early Childhood Training!

Activity Guide and Music CD Teaches Children Ages 3 to 6 About the Natural World Around Them

Just as more attention is being focused on the need to connect students to nature at a younger age, PLT releases a new curriculum guide and music CD to engage children ages 3 to 6 in outdoor exploration and play.

Eleven field-tested, hands-on activities showcase over 130 “early childhood experiences” which integrate investigations of nature with art, literature, math, music, and movement.
“Exploring nature is a complete sensory experience, and early experiences with the natural world excite children’s imaginations and foster their inborn sense of wonder and curiosity-important motivators for lifelong learning,” says Kathy McGlauflin, Director of Project Learning Tree and Senior Vice President of Education for the American Forest Foundation, the national sponsor of PLT.  “Increasing environmental literacy is a proven way to encourage scientific inquiry, and PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood provides an introduction to environmental education at a key developmental period in children’s lives.” 
PLT’s Early Childhood program encourages young children to learn about the natural world around them using their senses, the seasons, and neighborhood trees. Children  explore, discover, and communicate in expressive ways. PLT’s Early Childhood Experiences emphasize outdoor adventure, support children having fun while learning, and utilize each child’s imagination and creativity to provide opportunities for learning in groups or as individuals. plt9The activities highlight the importance of kinetic learning and differentiated instruction, including opportunities to incorporate music and movement using the CD to encourage children to sing and dance. The music selections include instrumentals with different rhythms and cultural connections, nature sounds, classical music, and fun songs with educational lyrics from children’s music artist Billy B. Brennan. Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood  includes background information on facilitating experiences for the early childhood learner, how to guide children in learning about nature both indoors and outdoors, and clear objectives and benchmarks to assess learning.
It also includes suggestions for activities that families and friends can conduct to enhance their child’s learning experiences at home. Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood  has been correlated to national standards for preschool education by three major early childhood accreditation programs. All activities meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children criteria for curriculum, the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Early Childhood Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence, and the Head Start’s Child Outcomes Framework.
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Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood has been selected a
Learning ® Magazine 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award winner!
Teacher Choice award
Colorado Project Learning Tree’s Early Childhood Program was awarded the
2012 Early Childhood/Elementary Education Award from the
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.
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