Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PODCAST: Fabric as a Loose Part/Denmaking

Find the PODCAST EPISODE here.

Blogpost: Fabric as a Loose Part/Den Making


Monarch (aff link)

Woodpecker (aff link)

Fort Making Kit blog post

Loose Parts Toolkit from Inspiring Scotland

Playworkers Guide to Dens and Forts by Morgan Leichter-Saxby

European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2010, 555–566
The influence of the outdoor environment: den-making in three different contexts
Natalie Canning*

"The den is the child's sense of self being born," says David Sobel, a developmental psychologist at Antioch New England graduate school. He has researched dens extensively since the 70s, in Devon, England, and the Caribbean. "In the middle childhood, ages seven to 11, a den is the child's chance to create a home away from home that is secret, and becomes a manifestation of who they are. The den," Sobel argues, "is the chrysalis out of which the butterfly is born."

King Jack and the Dragon (aff link)

Friday, April 13, 2018

PODCAST: Connecting Children to Animals

Connecting Children to Animals

Some ideas from Patty Born Selly (aff link) 

NSTAPosition Statement on Responsible Use of Live Animals and Dissection in the Science Classroom

Certified Wildlife Habitat:

Blogpost and Podcast—Loose Parts Nature Play Animal Play episode

Apps—Merlin Bird ID
Facebook Groups—IN Nature, Birding in Indiana, ICAN Learn Outdoors, Indiana Wildlife Photography, Insect Identification, Hoosier Herpetological Society


Scaly, Slimy Fun in Prekindergarten

Cultivating relationships with animals, both real and imagined, is one of the best ways to foster empathy during early childhood. Children want to run like deer, to slither along the ground like snakes, to be clever as a fox and quick like a bunny. There's no need for endangered species here – there are more than enough common, everyday species to fill the lives of children. And the environmentally correct notion of not anthropomorphizing animals can be thrown out the window. 
  David Sobel

Identiflier (aff link)