About the Book

Nature Sparks

Nature Sparks

Connecting Children’s Learning to the Natural World
October 2011
Trade Paperback · 208 Pages
$29.95 U.S.
ISBN 9781605540412
Redleaf Press


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Nature has monumental power on children’s growth and development. Recent studies show that as children spend less time in nature, they miss out on the profound benefits that outdoor play and learning experiences provide.

Nature Sparks is filled with inspiration and instruction to help educators and caregivers of children ages three to eight reclaim and strengthen connections to the outdoors. This resource supplies ideas to create a nature-oriented classroom and curriculum, incorporates Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences to encourage children’s individual talents as they experience the natural world, and includes more than fifty sensory-integrated activities, crafts, and instructional strategies.

About the Author

Aerial Cross: Aerial Cross, MA, has over a decade of experience as an educator in both general and special education classrooms. She teaches English and early childhood education at San Juan Community College in Farmington, New Mexico.