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Just for Grandparents!

Article submitted by Colorado State Forest Service. For more information visit their website.
Website: www.coloradoplt.org

September 2014 - September is National Grandparents Month! Grandparents - Did you play outside when you were young, not coming inside until dinner? Are you looking for fun, entertaining, inexpensive and educational ideas to engage your grandchildren outdoors? Celebrate Grandparents’ Month with this workshop designed just for you! Project Learning Tree's (PLT) Environmental Experiences for 3-6 year olds is a 3 hour workshop that includes sampling activities, listening to music, reading books, tasting thematic snacks. Create a toolkit of the easy materials to help kids learn in and about the natural world. This is the best time to develop critical life- long connections to nature. It’s not necessary to know the names of every flower, insect or tree. Just share the experience, and talk about it! Content will follow, naturally, if the interest has been ignited.

Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood provides simple, fun ideas to connect 3-6 year olds with nature, while learning about counting, sorting, matching, colors, sounds, seasons, trees, and more. Activities are thematic, with appropriate snacks, literature, crafts, music and inexpensive, natural materials. Additional benefits include opportunities for meaningful conversations for early vocabulary development and memory-making, discovering things to read about, draw, and experience together, and reducing the amount of time kids spend staring at screens! Take home an easy to use activity guide and music CD, and a new appreciation of nature through the eyes of a small person! Learn why it is important to provide opportunities for young children to experience the natural world.

Project Learning Tree is a 40-year-old, award winning environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation, with a state coordinator in every state and many other countries. In Colorado, it is the cornerstone of youth and educator outreach at the Colorado State Forest Service, and has trained over 23,000 teachers. Inviting grandparents to experience our workshops for early childhood educators is a new idea that recognizes the special friend and mentor relationship that exists between little sprouts and their grandparents.

Visit www.plt.org/environmental-education-for-early-childhood for samples of our activities, including “Family and Friends” pages in both English and Spanish, as well as other resources for Early Childhood Environmental Education.

Workshops in the fall of 2014 are scheduled across Colorado, in Littleton, Denver, Golden, Parker, Pueblo, Ft. Collins, Delta, and Woodland Park. To learn more visit www.coloradoplt.org.

Posted September 2014 on www.SeniorsResourceGuide.com