I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended this morning. I hope the history of the Nature-Study movement help contextualize the teaching you do in your outdoor learning environment and that some ideas and wonder were sparked!

Below is the resource list that provides titles and authors for all the books I mentioned and more. A PDF version should be available on the AMS website soon. Stay in touch, I love to hear new ideas and ways of incorporating outdoor learning into children’s lives!

Using Gardening and Art to Preserve Wonder and Weave Learning Across Montessori Curricula

American Montessori Society Conference: March, 2013, Presenter: Kelly Johnson

    • Johnson, Kelly. Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening and Outdoor Learning Into Children’s Lives
    • Broda, Herbert W. Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
    • Bucklin-Sporer, Arden, and Rachel Kathleen Pringle. How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers 
    • Carson, Rachel. The Sense of Wonder
    • Kahn, Peter H., Jr. and Stephen R. Kellert, eds. Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations
    • Leslie, Tallamadge, and Wessels. Into The Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching 
    • Mercogliano, Chris. In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness
    • Nabhan, Gary Paul, Stephen Trimble. The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places
    • Naidus, Beverly. Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame
    • Plotkin, Bill. Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World
    • Sobel, David. Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education
    • –––. Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities
    • –––. Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators
    • Stone, Michael K., and Center For Ecoliteracy. Smart By Nature: Schooling For Sustainability
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