Imagine a preschool with no curriculum, worksheets, word walls, or behavior charts, but instead a preschool where all learning happens organically through play. Whether they’re called Forest Schools, Nature-Based Preschools, or Outdoor Preschool Programs, all focus on the idea of learning as a result of being outside in nature. This outdoor classroom idea has stemmed from European and Scandinavian countries and has lead to over 250 similar programs developing in the United States. Having an outdoor classroom evolves from the real needs of children, offers activities that are personally meaningful to them, and fully embraces developmentally appropriate practices in early care. These Outdoor Preschool Programs have grown across the United States due to the range of benefits that it can […]
Connected Curriculum for Maximum Learning
Participants will explore science inquiry, mathematics, language and literacy activities that are connected for children’s maximum understanding and learning. Participants will create connected learning experiences facilitated through play. Each participant will identify ways of adding connected learning experiences to their lesson plans.View the Course Description
Meet Pam Oviatt, M. Ed.
From the time she was a little girl, Pam Oviatt always dreamed of becoming a teacher. After many years of dedication, she has fulfilled her dreams and continues to have a very successful teaching career. Along with her many accomplishments, Pam Oviatt is one of AIR Child Care Training's Authors. She has created may of AIR's Step Up To Quality courses. By creating training courses, she can share some of the information and experiences she has obtained throughout her teaching career.
Pam has a masters in Education and post-graduate work in early childhood education and early literacy. She has completed courses in adult learning styles and has presented in workshops at the local, state, regional, national, and international formats. Many may recognize Pam from her presentations at Regional Head Start Conferences and the International Reading Association. She has had the honor of being an invited speaker for the International Early Childhood Institute in China. Pam also was an invited speaker at the US Department of Education for many other workshops and conferences.
Not only does Pam have experiences and knowledge to share, her love to teach shows in every new venture she pursues.