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Joint Nov Meeting ECSIF & Young Children and Nature IF

  • 1.  Joint Nov Meeting ECSIF & Young Children and Nature IF

    Posted 10-27-2020 01:40 PM
    Hello, Early Childhood Science IF, Young Children and Nature IF, and early childhood educators!

    Do you have questions about how to hold classes outdoors in all weather? Do you have advice and strategies to share with other early childhood educators about the best practices of being outside with a class? Our November monthly meeting will be an exciting and informative joint meeting where Sheila Williams Ridge and Anna Dutke, experts in outdoor education, will join us to discuss and answer questions about early childhood education in the outdoors. We hope that you can be part of this November Zoom Meeting, Tuesday the 17th, at 7:30pm EDT.

    Sheila Williams Ridge is the Director of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School at the University of Minnesota. She is a facilitator for the NAEYC Young Children and Nature Interest Forum, a board member for the Minneapolis Nature Preschool, and a member of the Natural Start Alliance Council. She is also co-author of the book, Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Budget, published by Redleaf Press and is passionate about encouraging nature-based play and the lasting developmental benefits of a relationship between children and nature.

    Anna Dutke is a Nature Preschool teacher in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, a public school district in Minnesota. Anna is a member of the Natural Start Alliance Council and is actively involved in supporting outdoor learning in Minnesota schools and early childhood programs through MnECO, Minnesota Early Childhood Outdoors, and the "Teach Outdoors! Minnesota" project.

    Get to know these experts by visiting their online pages:

    Sheila Williams Ridge
    Anna Dutke

    The ECSIF's monthly Zoom meetings have become a great source of comfort and camaraderie during this prolonged separation.  We hope to see you there, again or for the first time!

    Do you have a specific question you're excited to see answered?  Please post it here, so that we can facilitate the most effective discussion possible.

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    Sarah Maynard
    St Matthews Day School
    Woodbridge VA
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  • 2.  RE: Joint Nov Meeting ECSIF & Young Children and Nature IF

    Posted 10-29-2020 12:45 PM
    As someone who loves to be comfortable in nature, I'm looking for ideas on how to keep myself and children actively warm in city parks and neighborhoods where they can not range widely through a landscape.
    And, is there a best approach to help families dress children appropriately for the weather?
    Looking forward to the joint interest forums meeting--Young Children and Nature, and Early Childhood Science--on November Zoom Meeting, Tuesday the 17th, at 7:30pm EDT.

    Best wishes,
    Peggy


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    Peggy Ashbrook
    Early childhood science teacher
    Alexandria, VA
    NSTA The Early Years columnist, Science and Children
    Early Years blogger, https://www.nsta.org/blog/all?keywords=Early+Childhood
    Author: Science Learning in the Early Years, and
    Science Is Simple
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  • 3.  RE: Joint Nov Meeting ECSIF & Young Children and Nature IF

    Posted 10-30-2020 07:05 AM
    Dressing appropriately with built-in flexibility is the key. Being comfortable outside in nature in colder weather in a small, urban area is the same as being comfortable in a spacious, rural area:  dress in layers. Long sleeve tops, sweaters or hoodies, warm jackets, gloves or mittens attached to jacket sleeves, warm, breathable and moisture wicking socks, waterproof or water resistant shoes, hats. Snow pants and boots when weather calls for it.  Bring a tote bag for depositing clothing layers when people warm up.  Enjoy!!

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    Gail Koller
    Mamaroneck NY
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  • 4.  RE: Joint Nov Meeting ECSIF & Young Children and Nature IF

    Posted 10-30-2020 11:15 AM
    Thank you Gail for sharing your clothing tips! I hope you will join in the joint meeting on Tuesday Nov 17th.
    I was wondering how other educators effectively communicate the importance (necessity) of those clothing choices to families.
    I'm also looking for ways to be active in urban areas where there is not much space for moving around.
    Best wishes,
    Peggy

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    Peggy Ashbrook
    Early childhood science teacher
    Alexandria, VA
    NSTA The Early Years columnist, Science and Children
    Early Years blogger, https://www.nsta.org/blog/all?keywords=Early+Childhood
    Author: Science Learning in the Early Years, and
    Science Is Simple
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  • 5.  RE: Joint Nov Meeting ECSIF & Young Children and Nature IF

    Posted 10-31-2020 09:44 AM
    This is a useful discussion of clothing for cold weather.  I would encourage programs to to be mindful that many items, especially of good quality, come with a price tag that some families may not be able to afford.  It would be great to include as many items of recommended clothing as possible, such as snow pants, moisture wicking socks, windproof layers, etc., be included in their community/classroom extra clothes bins.  The more outside fun time the better!

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    Aren Stone
    she/her/hers
    Child Development Specialist
    The Early Years Project
    Cambridge, MA
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  • 6.  RE: Joint Nov Meeting ECSIF & Young Children and Nature IF

    Posted 11-02-2020 08:45 AM
    I agree with you 100%. Perhaps we can contact stores like old Navy and Burlington to put aside items that are overstocked or reduced and donate to local schools as a write off.  Then schools could in return advertise for them in newsletters or in a local paper. I am all about asking. The worst they can say is no.