Curriculum - Early Childhood
NEW! Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children
Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children includes 12 activities and more than 250 learning experiences for families and teachers to connect children ages 1–6 to nature, with a focus on trees. Through fun, indoor and outdoor activities, toddlers and preschoolers explore nature through their senses, experience trees throughout the seasons, and connect with their community.
The hands-on activities are designed for families and caregivers, childcare providers, and early childhood educators to use in a range of settings, including preschools, childcare and nature centers, and at home.
Get your copy of Trees & Me (available in print or as an e-book) from PLT's Shop or attend a Project Learning Tree professional development training in Florida.
Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood provides an introduction to environmental education, encouraging children ages 3 to 6 to explore, discover, and communicate in expressive ways. With over 130 interactive experiences, it’s no wonder Learning® Magazine chose PLT’s Early Childhood guide as a Teachers’ Choice Award winner!
Activities in the Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide are correlated to the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for ages 3-4 years and 4 years-Kindergarten. Visit the Standards Correlations page for more information.
Get your copy of Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood (in print or as an e-book) from PLT's Shop or attend a Project Learning Tree professional development training in Florida.
PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide
The PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide contains 96 multi-disciplinary activities, each one tailored to specific grade levels and learning objectives. Topics include forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and more. Each activity is filled with opportunities to build critical thinking skills, incorporate technology, and use differentiated instruction. The materials provide educators the tools they need to bring the environment into their classrooms — and their students into the environment.
Get your copy of the PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide from PLT's Shop or attend a Project Learning Tree professional development training in Florida.
Seeds to Trees Pocket Guide
The Seeds to Trees Pocket Guide connects children to nature through sensory experiences. It encourages exploration and discovery through the lens of trees and forests, exciting children’s imagination and curiosity about the natural world.
The Pocket Guide is designed for educators, group leaders, and family members to use with children ages 3–6. It includes four hands-on experiences to do with children in groups up to eight, plus preparation instructions, material and time requirements, and directions for leading each experience.
At just 4 by 6 inches, the guide is small enough to fit into a pocket or backpack. It’s a useful resource for anyone to use outdoors with the children in their lives. Preview an excerpt that describes concepts about forests that young learners will understand through the activities in this guide or purchase the guide from PLT's Shop.
E-Unit – Treemendous Science!
PLT’s Treemendous Science! e-unit is an invitation to increase the quantity and quality of your K-2 learners’ contact with nature and trees. With Treemendous Science!, students will experience, explore, and collect tree data to develop understandings about how trees grow, the roles trees play in ecosystems, and the ways in which trees and humans interact.
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GreenSchools for Early Childhood
PLT’s GreenSchools for Early Childhood program specifically meets the needs of early childhood educators and younger learners. It is designed to teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more. PLT’s GreenSchools for Early Childhood includes an Educator Guide and five Investigations.
Nature Activities for Families
Nature is a great teacher! Try these ideas from PLT's Nature Activities for Families to connect the children in your life to the outdoors and nature. This printed guide contains a collection of more than 30 fun and easy-to-do activities. Suitable for children ages 3 – 15, some activities work better for younger children, others are more suited for older children. The way you present them will change depending on your child’s knowledge and ability.
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