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Watch Me Play, Watch Me Learn in Nature inspires adults to get outdoors with young children where together they can experience the pure joy of the natural beauty that is everywhere. In nature, children have unlimited opportunities for dynamic learning experiences that are fueled by discovery, imagination, observation, experimentation and wonder. Their innate curiosity and disciplined sensibilities for inquiry are strong foundations for early science, math, and literacy while also providing treasured time to simply pause and revel in all that nature offers. The book is an excellent complement to Watch Me Play, Watch Me Learn as both promote the vital importance of play for children’s learning, creativity and healthy development. The authors took time to photograph and observe young children in a variety of settings – from small backyards to wide-open farms – where they paid close attention to how the children played and made visible what they were learning. The book captures the spirit of these investigations, helping us see babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as thoughtful young scientists at work.  It also celebrates children’s delight as fully engaged and active learners.  Watch Me Play/Watch Me Learn in Nature is also available in Spanish.

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“When as educators we expect to make profound changes in our students’ lives, we haven’t the right to begin without their parents at our side.” - Dr. Maria Chavez, Founder

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