"Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens walks you through the European roots of the concept to the recent resurgence of these kinds of programs in North America. These experts provide the framework to understand the concepts and build a learning community that stimulates curiosity and inquisitiveness in a natural environment. This helpful guide provides the curriculum ideas and guidance needed to foster special gifts in children, and gives you the nuts and bolts of running a successful nature preschool business"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-252) and index.
A winter day in the life: an East Coast nature preschool and forest kindergarten / Anne Stires -- The kindergarten crisis in the United States and a new vision of nature-based early childhood education -- Nature preschools: the cross fertilization of early childhood and environmental education / Patti Ensel Bailie -- The challenge of transplanting the European forest kindergarten to North America / based on a presentation by Regina Wolf Fritz -- The sticks and stones of curriculum development -- Language development: going forth every day and becoming -- The risks and benefits of nature play ; The dollars and sense of business planning and budgeting / Ken Finch -- Finding the right place to put down roots: facilities and infrastructure -- Best practices in nature-based early childhood education / Patti Ensel Bailie -- An Autumn day in the life: a West Coast nature preschool and forest kindergarten / Erin K. Kenny.