Sunday, September 16, 2012

Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth: A Book Review

About The Book:

Help children explore the environment and develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature. Each chapter focuses on a common and important environmental topic, such as waste reduction and recycling, air quality, weather and climate change, and energy reduction, as well as activities that provide a foundation to educate children about our world through experience and play. Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth is filled with information to excite children, engage families, and encourage your community to be green. 

Age focus: 3-8. Softbound, 224 pgs.

About The Author:

Patty Born Selly is the founder of Small Wonders, an educational consulting company that provides teacher training and support for science and nature education initiatives. Patty also is an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University and Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, where she teaches classes on nature and environmental education, as well as science education, to early childhood and elementary school teachers. Patty holds a master's degree in education.

My Review:

Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth is definitely one of my new favorite resources to use in my family child care program. The book focuses on all types of environmental activities, from recycling to water to the air we breath and more. All the activities are suited for children from ages three to eight, use many everyday items, and are very adaptable for use with children who have special needs and learning styles. The activities are all listed orderly, giving a step-by-step listing of how to plan and implement environmental activities with children. Chapter 9 gives the reader a great look at how to implement "green" programs in an early childhood education program, as well as a great appendix with other great resources. 

If you are looking for a definitive resource to help children learn about the environment around them, I highly recommend Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth!

I give this book a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth online here, from Redleaf Press

***I received a complimentary Publisher's Copy of this book, courtesy of RedLeaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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