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Small Wonders: Nature Education for Young Children

Small Wonders: Nature Education for Young Children


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Small Wonders: Nature Education for Young Children introduces children ages three through kindergarten to the natural world in a special way. Based on a hands-on educational approach, children learn about their environment by seeing and doing. The accurate, scientific content is wrapped in age-appropriate exercises, experiments, and explorations that use children's imagination and natural curiosity.

• Fact-filled essays introduce each subject
• Field-tested activities encourage exploration and discovery
• Scientifically accurate drawings illustrate topics and are incorporated into lessons
• A multidisciplinary approach integrates developmentally appropriate activities in science, language arts, movement, music, and visual arts
• Includes twenty-four nature exploration units grouped around three themes: growth and change, animal homes, and connections to nature

Small Wonders is a perfect tool for teachers, parents, child care providers, camp counselors, and others to spark young children's interests in the environment that surrounds them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584655749
Publisher: Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LINDA GARRETT worked for sixteen years as a VINS environmental educator, during which she founded the Small Wonders program. She is currently teaching elementary school in Vermont. HANNAH THOMAS has worked in environmental education for many years, teaching and writing curricula. HILARY ELMER has worked as both a wildlife technician and environmental educator. She is currently a freelance artist and illustrator.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Growing Grasshoppers
Spiders: Weavers and Hunters
From Rocks to Soil
The Year of a Tree
Butterflies: Flying Flowers
From Flower to Fruit
Friends with Frogs and Toads
Growing Up a Bird
Bats and Beyond
Chipmunks and Their Cousins
Life Underground
The Snow's My Home
Owls: Nighttime Hunters
Turtles at Home
Bees in Their Hives
Wiggly Worms
All About Apples
Food for All
Wild about Water
Animal Tracks
Mighty Mice
Circle of the Sun
Get Growing!
Nature and Us
Appendix A: Equipping the Classroom for Small Wonders Nature Series
Appendix B: Small Wonders and Early Childhood Learnig Standards

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