Support for Teachers

Interested in implementing a nature-based preschool approach? Or perhaps you’re already implementing the approach, but would like to refine what you’re already doing? Whatever your starting point, we’re here to offer support related to teaching practices! For those looking to learn more about nature-based early childhood education practices, we offer professional development workshops focused on nature-based early childhood education practices from1-hour keynote addresses to a multi-day workshops. These can be in-person, online, or some combination of the two. All of these professional development opportunities, led by our founder Rachel Larimore, are fun and engaging, while also being informative and inspirational. Contact us for more information about available topics and pricing.

Resources

Books

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Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning by Rachel A. Larimore, published by Gryphon House. 

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Video “What is a nature-based preschool?

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Sorting Out the Terms & Concepts of Nature-based Early Childhood Education

Speaking & Workshops

Keynote addresses

Looking for inspiration for a conference? Rachel would be happy to present a keynote address to inspire, challenge, and motivate your attendees to move from early childhood programming detached from nature to one embracing all of the elements of nature-based early childhood education. Her goal with keynote addresses is to give you and your attendees the knowledge and skills to begin implementing ideas into your program immediately, while inspiring you to dream big about what the future might hold for your early childhood program. Contact us to book a date! Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Better Together: Strengthening Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Nature-based early childhood education (NbECE) is the integration of early childhood and environmental education, which makes an approach more powerful than the individual disciplines. In other words, they’re better together! Using a continuum of NbECE as the overarching framework, Rachel will provide the group with 5 ways we can come together as separate disciplines, and as individuals, to better the profession of nature-based early childhood education. You’ll leave smiling, energized, and ready to change the world! (Primary audience: nature-based early childhood educators; environmental educators; early childhood educators)

Guided by the “Why?”—Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classroom 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! (Primary audience: nature-based early childhood educators; environmental educators; early childhood educators)

Preschool Beyond Walls: Moving Towards a Nature-Based Approach High-quality nature-based early childhood education (NbECE) doesn’t happen overnight, but rather through daily programmatic and teaching decisions. Using a continuum of NbECE as the overarching framework, Rachel will provide the group with concrete ways, no matter your starting point, to better integrate nature into your program structure, physical environment, and teacher-child interactions. You’ll leave smiling, energized, and ready to change the world! (Primary audience: early childhood educators)

From Preschool to Early Elementary: Learning from One Community’s Journey with Nature-Based Education High-quality nature-based early childhood education (NbECE) doesn’t happen overnight, but through community collaboration NbECE can be integrated into all levels of early childhood education. Using preschool and early elementary programs in Midland, MI as an example, Rachel will provide the group with ways, no matter your starting point, to better integrate nature into your program structure and broader community. (Primary audience: nature-based early childhood educators; environmental educators; early childhood educators)

Learning from the Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Movement There has been an incredible growth in nature-based early childhood education (NbECE) in recent years. Rachel has been actively involved in that movement, particularly related to nature-based preschools. She’ll orient everyone to what NbECE is and the current state of the field. Much of the talk, however, will use lessons from the nature-based early childhood movement to support all environmental educators in providing richer, more meaningful experiences for their audiences. You’ll leave this keynote smiling, energized, and ready to change the world! (Primary audience: environmental educators)

Workshops

Professional development workshops, facilitated by Rachel Larimore, focus on incorporating nature-based activities into your curriculum while maintaining high quality early childhood practices. Together we will customize each workshop to your particular program and teachers' needs. Some of the topics for professional development include:

  • Benefits of nature-based approaches for young children

  • Developing large and small group activities

  • Integrating nature into your indoor environment

  • Communicating with parents about the nature-based approach

  • Leading excursions outside the play area to the “beyond”

  • Developing natural play areas

  • Distinguishing between outdoor hazards, risks, & fears

  • Science and nature-based early childhood education

Have something else in mind? Contact us to discuss the possibilities. 

Coaching

The teacher is pivotal for bringing the nature-based approach to life.
— Rachel A. Larimore

We provide individual, cohort-based, and team coaching to help educators be reflective about their nature-based practices. This coaching can range from one-time coaching sessions to on-going, year-long or multi-year projects. This teacher coaching can be done through in-person, online, or a combination of the two. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing the physical environment (inside, outside, and/or beyond)

  • Maximizing learning opportunities inside, outside and/or beyond

  • Teacher-led activities inside, outside and/or beyond

  • Teacher-child interactions (with many options for specific foci)

    • Supporting children in science learning

    • Supporting children in risky play

    • And many more options!

Contact us and we can make a plan that works best for you and your team. 


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