- Course Number:
- ECE 186
- Course Title:
- Nature and Gardening with Young Children
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Course DescriptionCovers the many benefits of gardening and natural experiences for young children, including how to facilitate developmental opportunities across domains in an engaging and ever-changing context. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
This course is designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
· Identify elements of quality garden and nature experiences for young children.
· Articulate the role of gardening and nature experiences in the acquisition of skills and concepts across all developmental domains.
· Design, implement and evaluate gardening and nature experiences for children of varying ages (2 years to school age) and abilities.
· Identify solutions to common barriers and issues that arise when implementing gardening and nature experiences with children.
· Describe the ways in which gardens and explorations of nature with children can be a component of cultural validation and building relationships with families.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
- Complete written observations and assignments.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Benefits of and barriers to implementing gardening and nature experiences in programs for children?
- Design and implementation of quality gardening and nature experiences.
- Facilitating learning and development across domains with gardening and experiences.
- Use of gardening and nature experiences to develop childrens life-long enjoyment of and care for the natural world.
- Involving families and communities in gardening and nature projects with children.
- Community resources.
- Addressing common barriers and issues that arise in gardening and nature experiences.