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Play and the Outdoors: What's New Under the Sun?

ITEM #: 4400212

What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to help teachers understand the importance of outdoor play and how to develop curriculum for outdoor experiences that are connected to classroom curriculum plans. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article “Play and the Outdoors: What’s New Under the Sun?” by Susan J. Oliver and Edgar Klugman.
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audiences are beginning, intermediate, and advanced teachers working with children from birth to age 8. This kit will introduce teachers to developing outdoor curriculum that extend classroom curriculum experiences.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is estimated at 1.0 - 1.5 hours. Implementation time is estimated at 1.5 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will define their role in outdoor play.
  2. Teachers will describe how to use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom.
  3. Teachers will explain why outdoor play is important.
  4. Teachers will describe the importance of assessment for outdoor play.

These training outcomes address the following professional standards:

  • 2.C.03-04; 3.4.04; 3.F.01, 3.G.02, and 9.4.04 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria (2005), www.naeyc.org/accreditation/academy.asp
  • Standard 2 and 4 of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (2003), www.naeyc.org/accreditation/faculty/degrees.asp
  • 1304.21(a)(5)(i) and 1304.21(c)(1)(vii) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1006, Volume 61, Number 215, www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/hsb/performance/
  • E6 and E18 of the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, National Association of Child Care Professionals (2005), www.naccp.org.

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