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Nature Explore Classroom Presentation By Laura Bordow

This past Saturday, October 13, Laura Bordow was a presenter at the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children’s (IAEYC) annual conference, held in Des Moines, Iowa and attended by over 500 early childhood educators. Maharishi Preschool teachers attending the conference were Armando Tejada, Fatima Akbar and Katie Eller. The title of Laura’s presentation was, “Sticks, Stones, Mud & Pinecones: How to Teach Young Children Through Nature.” Laura shared with the group an engaging PowerPoint presentation and discussed not only the benefits of outdoor play, but showed numerous slides of Maharishi Preschool’s premier outdoor learning environment. She was also given permission from the Arbor Day Foundation to use many of their slides and materials.

Upon request of several teachers and parents, together Mr. Armando and Laura Bordow will share this presentation with our school family. All are invited to attend the presentation on Saturday, November 3 from 10:00-12:00 noon.

Why is getting “messy” an important learning process for children as they play with sand, water, and mud? What skills are developed through feeling, touching, and building with natural materials like tree cookies, pinecones and sticks? What effect does connecting with nature have on the overall development of the young child? In this presentation you will learn about the importance of outdoor play. Take home new ideas to incorporate into your already existing play space, or find out how to create an Arbor Day certified Nature Explore Classroom, a dynamic, nature-based play and learning space.



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