2019 – Books to inspire learning outdoors
Jan Homden has collated book reviews from Amazon which encourage learning outdoors. From Forest Schools, to simply building opportunities into the weekly timetable to take a lesson or two outdoors, find out how to help children understand that learning takes place everywhere and to experience the unique learning opportunities that arise from being outdoors.
Click on the book covers to follow links to the reviews. Also, listen to Sir Ken Robinson, as he discusses why you should encourage teaching outside. To read more about learning outdoors choose an article from a selection published by The Guardian.
‘Learn how to light a fire without matches, build a shelter to sleep in, cook on a fire, hunt for bugs and much more. From essential bushcraft basics and Stone Age survival skills to joyful outdoor play, this book is packed with ideas to bring your little ones closer to nature and all its magical offerings.’
‘Dan Westall and Naomi Walmsley run Outback2Basics from their patch of woodland in the UK where they provide unique experiences for school children and teachers to connect to nature.’
National Trust: I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year – Hardcover by 6 Sep 2018
‘I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, named after the first line of Judith Nicholls’ poem ‘Windsong’, is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems – one for every day of the year, including leap years. Filled with familiar favourites and new discoveries, written by a wide variety of poets, including –
John Agard, William Blake, Emily Bronte, Charles Causley, Walter de la Mare, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Roger McGough, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, John Updike, William Wordsworth and many more.
This is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning or the end of the day, or just to dip into.’
‘The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7 offers guidance on how the outdoors can be used to teach and challenge children across a range of settings by drawing on forest school practice. Following a month-by-month format, it explores theme-related play experiences, planning, evaluations of how the ideas described were carried out and what impact they had on children’s learning and development.’
‘This fully updated second edition includes:
- over 150 new full-colour photographs to illustrate practice
- activities and objectives for both early years and KS1, including links to indoor play
- discussion and support for those working with children with special educational needs
- detailed information on the role of the adult and of the environment
- sections covering health and safety guidelines and specific risk assessment in all chapters
Written by a leading authority on forest school practice, this book aims to inspire and help practitioners make the most of the outdoor environment all year round.’
‘This book focuses on the environment for outdoor play, giving you hundreds of ideas for making your outdoor area into an exciting garden for all children.’
Jan Homden, Consilium Education
An early years teaching specialist and designer, Jan has taught in international
schools around the world and is now responsible for design and research at Consilium Education.
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To read more about Learning Outdoors choose an article to look at from The Guardian.
Time to add to the library!
New Children’s Book Releases for 2019, compiled by Jan Homden and reviewed on Amazon. Click on the book covers to follow the links: it’s time to get reading! But first a date for your diary and an update about an event not to be missed . . . . .
Cuckoo by Nick Davies
Reviewed by Chris Baker
Head of Science at the British International School of Bucharest, Chris Baker picked up this book after seeing a rufous female common cuckoo on a recent trip to the Danube Delta and then listening to an enjoyable interview with Nick Davies on BBC Radio 4 The Life Scientific podcast during a hair-raising drive home through an unseasonal blizzard.
Kate Shepherd reviews three novels with stories that will engage and challenge young adults. The Family with Two Front Doors is based on the author’s real family while The Big Bazoohley is written in the zany style reminiscent of Roald Dahl. Words in Deep Blue is centred around a bookshop where we are drawn into the lives of the two main characters.