Book encourages outdoor play activities that connect young children
LEWISVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Supporting a growing movement among parents and educators, Gryphon
House announced today the launch of a new book that encourages
outdoor play. Learning
Is in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations, by Ruth Wilson,
PhD, offers clear strategies for incorporating outdoor play experiences
into a young child’s day. With 40 hands-on activities, Learning Is in
Bloom illustrates how to engage young children in investigating
nature, both indoors and outdoors, on the school grounds, and on
excursions around the neighborhood.
“Connecting young children with nature should focus more on fostering a
sense of wonder and promoting positive dispositions than on teaching
facts, meeting academic benchmarks or achieving standards-based
competencies,” Wilson said. “While fostering a love of nature is a major
goal, the activities also promote all areas of early childhood education
Through her descriptions and full-color photos, Dr.
Wilson outlines how scientific investigations, mathematical
thinking, art explorations, literacy and social-emotional development
are all enhanced when done in the natural environment. The book also
provides suggestions on how to include children with special needs and
on how to manage children’ fears.
Pre-orders are available now. To request a free excerpt or e-galley
copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Is in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations; ISBN
978-0-87659-374-5; 192 pp.; PB; $19.95.
About the Author
Wilson, PhD, works as an educational consultant and curriculum
writer with special expertise in the area of early childhood
environmental education and other initiatives in connecting young
children with nature. Dr. Wilson recently worked with the Brookfield Zoo
developing their NatureStart professional development program. She also
has worked with Sesame Street designing nature education programs, and
served as an evaluator with the nature preschool at the Schlitz Audubon
Nature Center in Milwaukee.
About Gryphon House, Inc.
House, Inc., is an award-winning publisher of resource books for
parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight.
Developmentally appropriate and easy to use, Gryphon House books provide
parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of
learning to young children. To learn more, or to check out the entire
collection, visit www.gryphonhouse.com.
Gryphon House, Inc.
Anna Wilmoth, 336-712-3480