Researchers have found that when children are out in the natural world they tend to engage in similar experiences and explorations. One key connection centers on what David Sobel calls “Animal Allies.” Children are quickly inspired by the idea that they can connect more deeply with animals. This second training will give educators resources for connecting to the animal world, understanding animal behavior and inspiring connection to animals. Through bird language, animal forms, and other animal games we will give teachers ways in which to investigate who resides in and around their schools and how to make connections to them. This understanding and investigation leads to a greater sense of place, increased awareness, and also promotes inquiry based learning skills.
This training investigates a key element to the success of this program in that it explores how nature connection leads to greater awareness of both the natural world and the Urban landscape. Increased awareness is a skill that enhances not only learning in the classroom but also safety and awareness around a city. It is captivating and valuable how understanding the behavior of animals can help us to understand what is happening on the landscape whether Urban or natural.