BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECE-226 - Natural Environments in Child Care - 3.00 Credits

AECE-226 - Natural Environments in Child Care - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Students will study the natural outdoor environment as a learning center for curriculum and programming. Teachers' roles, responsibilities, and polices regarding outdoor play will be a key component. Connecting Aboriginal values, and traditions with the outdoor curriculum will also be addressed. Topics will include culture and the environment, value of outdoor play, and sustainable materials and equipment.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Diploma - Year 2 Spring
  • Prerequisites : AECE certificate or equivalent.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in related field. Experience working in an early childhood educational setting. Aboriginal background and/or experience working in an Aboriginal adult educational setting an asset.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final Exam 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT guidelines.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • list sustainable materials and equipment;
  • define outdoor education and the teacher’s role;
  • define outdoor curriculum in regards to:

  • - heightening a child’s sensory awareness;
    - developing social, literacy, and language development;
    - developing cultural and spiritual awareness;
  • create a developmentally appropriate natural classroom with hands on learning;

  • identify the importance and value of play in the outdoors;

  • create a program that includes risk-taking, problem-solving, curiosity, invention, responsibility, imagination, and reasoning all within the guidelines of the licensing requirements;

  • describe the role of the child with special needs in an outdoor program; and

  • describe the connection between outdoor learning and Aboriginal culture, tradition, and values.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Banning, Wendy, & Sullivan, Ginny. Lens On Outdoor Learning. Current edition. St. Paul, MN. Redleaf Press.
  • Cross, Aerial. Nature Sparks: Connecting Children’s learning to the Natural World. Current edition. St. Paul, MN. Redleaf Press.
  • Redleaf, Rhoda. Hey kids! Out the Door, Let’s Explore! Current edition. St. Paul, MN. Redleaf Press.

  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information please visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 31, 2012.