Children will explore the natural plants and animals found outside the school, collect naturally found objects, and create nature squares.
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Exposure to nature promotes curiosity and encourages exploration. Nature provides many opportunities for children to use their senses to describe the things that they discover. Allowing children to explore nature and investigate the environment gives them varied opportunities to make thrilling discoveries and supports their natural sense of wonder.
The natural world includes both living and nonliving things. The plants, animals, ground, rocks, air, water, and sky that are found outside are all parts of nature. Teachers can help the children explore why they found the things that they found and where those items came from. As they spend time exploring nature, children begin to notice that living things depend on other living and nonliving things to live and grow.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.