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The Nature Connection : An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms
by Clare Walker Leslie

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Ever since Richard Louv diagnosed nature-deficit disorder in his classic book "Last""Child in the Woods," parents and teachers have been looking for more ways to connect children with the outdoors. Nationally recognized naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie has been igniting kids curiosity about nature for more than 30 years.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Ever since Richard Louv diagnosed nature-deficit disorder in his classic book "Last""Child in the Woods," parents and teachers have been looking for more ways to connect children with the outdoors. Nationally recognized naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie has been igniting kids curiosity about nature for more than 30 years. Her unique approach combines directed observational activities with journaling and field-note prompts that are designed to nurture the next generation of nature lovers and environmentalists.

"The Nature Connection" is an interactive workbook chockfull of creative exercises for kids ages 8 to 13. Leslie begins simply by encouraging children to look out the window and record what they observe: What color is the sky? What shapes are the clouds? Are there any birds? What kind? Are there signs of what season it is?

Once outdoors, kids are prompted to record the sounds they hear, the ground plants they see, the direction of the wind, the shape and direction of their own shadows, and how each of these change from day to day, season to season.

"The Nature Connection" offers dozens of fun things to do during every season: write a poem; make a sketch; tell a story; record the daily sunrise and sunset times for the next month; draw a local map and mark the spots where trees, rocks, animals, and other nature sights reside (and identify each one); keep a moon journal; learn the constellations; or collect leaves and bring them home to sketch and identify.

Sure to engage the whole family in outdoor fun and year-round nature activities, "The Nature Connection" will also stand as a permanent record of a child's unique sightings and experience with nature.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781603425315
  • ISBN-10: 1603425314
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing
  • Publish Date: July 2010
  • Page Count: 303
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-13


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