Natural Benefits: Learning In and About Nature in the Preschool Classroom!
Thursday, Jan. 31
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Earns 3 CEU
Light Dinner Included
Technology, busy schedules and lack of access have kept many kids from playing outdoors as much as previous generations. However, there are many benefits to learning in and about nature. This workshop will discuss these benefits and give preschool teachers ideas for how to incorporate nature into their classrooms through activities like gardening, playing with worms and more!
Learning in and about nature helps our children increase their scientific skills of observation, inquiry and investigation. It helps grow their imaginations, reduce stress and provides opportunities for fine and gross motor development. Outdoor education and gardening also helps encourage respect for the environment and helps children form a connection to the food they eat.
This workshop will give teachers ideas for how to incorporate nature into their daily lessons. We'll discuss milk crate gardening and composting, playing with worms, as well as engage in other STEAM-based activities that build on their students’ natural curiosity about the world. Susie Grant from the Tennessee Aquarium will share some experiences using the Growing Up Wild curriculum. Karen Dewhirst, the Museum's science manager, will be leading the milk crate garden discussion and the composting conversation. Renee Craig, public health prevention specialist from the Chattanooga County Health Department, is coming to share about Step ONE garden grants and programs they offer teachers.
Registration for this workshop includes a light dinner, three professional development hours, fellowship, door prizes and interactive activities delivered by early childhood experts.
Space for this workshop is limited. Reserve online using the form below or by calling (423) 648-6045. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Erin Townley at (423) 648-6041 or email@example.com.