Nature Based Education
The De La Vina site at Storyteller Children's Center provides all the necessary education domains in Early Childhood Education. A tactile connection with nature serves to enhance a child's learning experience.
by Jeremiah Gloria
August 31, 2020 3PM
Outdoor learning at Storyteller is an integral part of the curriculum.
The inclusion of a nature based approach to learning can benefit the main domains of education for early childhood education.
Children develop a sense of biodiversity from differentiating the various sounds of birds to observing the life cycle of butterflies. Changes in the season can be observed by the color patterns of tree leaves.
Alicia Jimenez, M.A., Storyteller's Site Supervisor, developed the plans for integrating nature into the De La Vina Site. From sandpits to gardens, children develop a keen sense of their environment
"Children develop a sense of biodiversity from differentiating the various sounds of birds to observing the life cycle of butterflies."
The Wilderness Youth Project is an annual camping trip which envelops Storyteller's students into a deeper connectivity with nature.
The environment also facilitates cardiovascular health as children tend to run and climb . Social skills can be rapidly improved as children learn to work together as a group.
As children venture out of Storyteller, they learn to develop a healthy respect for their environment and tend to represent the needs of the nature conservatorship.
We here at Storyteller seek how to best implement the best practices for education. Nature based learning is an important aspect of our mission to serve our communities' marginalized children and families.