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6:00 PM18:00

Guided by the “Why?” — Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classrooms

Educators make thousands of decisions every day that influence children’s learning. It’s important to consider the overall goals of nature-based programs and whether or not our teaching and administrative practices reflect those goals. Rachel will challenge attendees to consider how well program structures, physical spaces, and teacher-child interactions align with the “Why?” of nature-based early childhood education. No matter how long you’ve been in nature-based education, you’ll leave this keynote reflecting on your practice, energized, and ready to change the world! 

This presentation is followed by a full-day workshop for educators on Saturday morning.

This event is hosted by North Branch Nature Center.

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9:00 AM09:00

Going to the great "beyond" one-day workshop

This event is hosted by North Branch Nature Center. To register, click here.

Nature-based early childhood education includes excursions to wild spaces beyond the fenced play area. Connecting back to the Friday evening keynote we’ll first discuss why we visit these spaces? In other words, what is the purpose of experiences in the “beyond.” Are we providing children with activities that align with these goals? This session will explore our current practices and how we can move away from learning in or about nature and toward more learning with nature. To do this we’ll consider the structure of our time, the physical environment, and our teacher-child interactions. We’ll also discuss how we integrate those experiences in the beyond into the indoor classroom. The workshop will include a mix of presentation by Rachel Larimore and active participation by attendees—through, for example, small group discussions. CEUs available!

This event is hosted by North Branch Nature Center. To register, click here. This workshop is preceded by an optional, by-donation Friday evening Presentation.

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to Oct 6

Froebel USA Conference

Rachel Larimore will be presenting at this year’s Froebel USA Conference in Boston, MA. Other presenters at the event include:

  • Barbara Beatty — "Early Kindergarten Pioneers in Boston"

  • Julie Bennett — "Froebel Gift Play Techniques"

  • Norman Brosterman — "Kindergarten: The Lost World"

  • Scott Bultman — Preview of The Garden of Children documentary film series

  • Alicia Carroll — "Early Childhood STEM"

  • Tiffeni Goesel — "Connecting the Froebel Gifts"

  • Kristina Lamour Sansone — "Rhoda Kellogg’s Child As Designer"

  • Peg Oliveira | Gesell Institute — "Assessing Child Development"

  • Cathy Topal / Lella Gandini — "Beautiful Stuff from Nature"

  • Helge Wasmuth — "How Kindergarten Came to America"

Click here more information about the event and to register.

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