Here is a link to a article that one of the parents in our classroom sent me. It’s an excellent read! It’s entitled
“Getting kids outdoors makes them happier, healthier – and smarter”
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv is an excellent read.
Several years ago I begin to notice that some children were resistant to the idea of outdoor play, and I just couldn’t understand that since I am a country boy from South Louisiana where I spent all of my time outside. I lived on a farm and from the time the sun came up until the time that the sun went down, I played outside. Nature became my world. Animals were my friends. My toys were natural materials that I found right before my eyes. Childhood lived in this way was so rich.
In the wonderful read, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv, speaks to the condition that plagues many children today – nature deficit disorder.
Reading that book changed my teaching practice in a powerful way. Now I am always in search of authentic natural teaching spaces. In urban settings this can be challenging, but not impossible.
You should check out this book:
Art and creativity in Reggio Emilia Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education by Vea Vecchi.
ART AND CREATIVITY IN REGGIO EMILIA
Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia
Exploring the role and potential of ateliers in early childhood education
This book explores the contribution of art and creativity to early education, and examines the role of the atelier and atelierista in the Preschools of Reggio Emilia. It does so through the experience of Vea Vecchi, atelierista at Diana municipal Preschool for over thirty years, and the group of teachers and pedagogistas of the Preschool.
I met Vea in Italy a couple of summers ago when I studied at an international summer school taught by leaders of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. This past summer I heard her speak at the NAREA conference in Portland, Oregon.