03-Children’s Life Experiences and Outdoor Play

This module examines the relationship of children’s life experiences to their desire to embrace and engage in outdoor play. Concepts including Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory of child development, children’s dispositions, self-regulation, executive functioning and how family engagement connects to children’s outdoor play experiences. Strategies that support early learning teachers in strengthening children and family dispositions are presented.

5 Lessons

Course Description

In this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe foundations of children’s learning from a psychology, family and cultural perspective.
  2. Explain how Bronfenbrenner’s ecological framework relates to children’s, families’ and early learning teachers’ dispositions and connections to outdoor play experiences.
  3. Define what is meant by dispositions and how dispositions relate to children’s attitudes and outdoor play experiences and learning.
  4. Describe what is meant by family involvement and family engagement.
  5. Examine types of strategies that early learning teachers use in the outdoor environment to support and strengthen children’s dispositions about outdoor play.