Professional Development Details

PD
Title
Nature-Based Early Learning Through the Project Approach
Start Date
2018-08-20
End Date
2018-12-14
Credit
3
Description

Intended Audience:

Preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, lower elementary school teachers, childcare providers, consultants, administrators (course work will be done in a classroom so teachers must have access to one while the course is in progress).

 

The value of young children’s direct experiences in nature through inquiry-based learning will be examined in this course.  It is designed for preschool and kindergarten teachers so they can develop their student’s in-depth thinking by engaging their hearts and minds through experiences on a nature topic. This will be accomplished while incorporating curriculum objectives in child-initiated ways.  Participants will learn about The Project Approach which is based on the work of Judy Harris Helm and Lilian G. Katz. This method seeks to build on children’s natural curiosity and enables them in interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate and reflect.  Teachers will follow the steps for implementing a nature-based project within their own classroom as they insure the needs of diverse learners are met for both social and academic learning.

Objective

Upon completion of the Nature-Based Early Learning Through the Project Approach course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the importance of nature for children to achieve developmental milestones.

  • Learn how to incorporate nature-based learning into the early childhood classroom.

  • Create a plan for fostering inquiry in the classroom through the Project Approach method.

Course Requirement

There are 14 modules in this course that span over 16 weeks.  The timeframe for completing assignments in each module is two weeks, though each module time frame overlaps with the other.

 

Material

There is one required textbook for this course: Young Investigators: The Project Approach in the Early Years Expanded-Third Edition by Judy Harris Helm & Lilian G. Katz.  

Instructors
Location
Online
Video
Price
$200.00
Type
Iowa Licensure Renewal Credit
Status
Open

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