Under the Sky: Playing, Working and Enjoying Adventures in the Open Air

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Rudolf Steiner Press, 2009 - Education - 276 pages
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We frequently hear about how our children's cultural landscape is plagued by inactivity, obesity, inappropriate computer games, and excessive time in front of the television. But does it have to be like that? Sally Schweizer presents a fresh world of possibilities for children in both urban and rural areas, opening doors to expanded experiences of life in the open air. Packed with anecdotes, games and practical activities, Under the Sky is a vibrant resource for parents, teachers and carers.
What can children do outside? How about singing, whittling, chatting, climbing, digging, and making dens? They can build, run, watch small creatures, count tree rings, listen to stories, perform puppet plays, learn woodworking, and investigate the many forms of bark. Outside, children can enjoy quiet conversations or make a big noise, be alone or be with others. And that's just the beginning ...
Under the Sky is an invaluable guide for everyone who wants to help children cultivate play and imagination. It features ideas for planning expeditions and adventures, toys and equipment, and activities for the four seasons and the four elements! It includes plans, tips and advice on child-friendly outdoor design, materials, surfaces, seating, gardening, pets, wildlife--even campfires, picnics and train journeys. Under the Sky also includes a chapter on how educators can work toward formal "early years" government goals.

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Sally Schweizer is a state-trained teacher. She has taught children mostly under seven, and has trained teachers and been an adviser. Her principal concern is the loss of childhood for children. Sally has written many articles on this theme, and Well, I Wonder is her first book. Music has been central to her life, along with enjoying the great outdoors, gardening, and conserving nature.

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