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Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide
Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide
by Lynn Brunelle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.88

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes you want to go camping!, 5 July 2008
This book is fun to read. As an adult I can get bored with child language in non-fiction books, but this book kept me riveted. I am fascinated by the sheer number of uses the author has found for duct tape on camping trips including wrapping a few strips around a water bottle for emergencies. It is one of the best introductions to the world outside our front door that I have come across. The illustrations are clear and humourous. The science in the chapters on astronomy, weather, and naturalist sections is straightforward. The only part which lacks a little imagination is the advice on keeping a field journal.

This book is ideal for any wannabe family campers, die-hard campers, scout and guide leaders, forest school leaders and teachers who want to do more outdoor activities with children. It is very good value for the cover price. It is aimed at children aged 7 years and upwards. A useful present if you are stuck for a gift.


Healthy, Active and Outside!: Running an Outdoors Programme in the Early Years
Healthy, Active and Outside!: Running an Outdoors Programme in the Early Years
by Janice Filer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Integrating Forest Schools into an Early Years Setting, 19 Jun. 2008
If you are interested in finding out more about Forest Schools and how to integrate this approach into an early years setting, then this detailed book provides useful ideas, plans and suggestions. It is all based on the author's personal involvement in an action research study in a Bristol nursery in 1991. This grew into the HAO programme.

It begins with advice on developing the outdoor area within a setting, then takes this a step further and how to manage an outdoor programme in a woodland setting.

There are plenty of suggestions for activities, examples of sheets used for planning, assessing and recording impact and outcomes of the programme and how to share this with parents.

The only negative point, in my opinion, is the small size of the text and layout of the book. This makes it harder to read than many books. There are huge margins too, which I presume are for note taking. I would have prefered a larger font size! That's my reason for giving this book a 4 star rating.

The content, however, is excellent and I recommend this book to all forward thinking and progressive early years practitioners!


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Childern from Nature-deficit Disorder
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Childern from Nature-deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv
Edition: Paperback

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book which is Revolutionising Environmental America, 5 May 2008
This highly emotive and readable perspective of an American journalist is creating a huge movement of people and organisations who have said "Enough is enough" to litigation and other constraints on unstructured outdoor free play for children of all ages. The book cites the need for action to be taken by everyone to consider the environment in which we live and how it impacts on our health. For anyone interested in children, the outdoors, green spaces, wilderness areas, green design of urban places, etc. and who wants an introduction to a rapidly expanding movement in North America, then buy this book. The chapter which discusses spirituality and the nature is sensitively written and gives multi-faith examples of what religious groups are doing to address similar concerns. Be warned teachers! You may find yourself questioning the value of homework and after school activity clubs! Oooh! The up-dated edition has just been published. Buy a copy now or borrow from your local library!


Being, Playing and Learning Outdoors: Making Provision for High Quality Experiences in the Outdoor Environment (Nursery World / Routledge Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners)
Being, Playing and Learning Outdoors: Making Provision for High Quality Experiences in the Outdoor Environment (Nursery World / Routledge Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners)
by Jan White
Edition: Paperback

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful all-in-one early years outdoor book, 4 May 2008
I have to admit I was delighted when I read this book to discover that it was not covering old ground with regard to outdoor play and learning. Jan White is a "pracademic" who combines practical experience within an academic job. This book covers the practical elements of an outdoor area, for example, the maintenance aspects of having an outdoor sandpit. This is frequently overlooked by many outdoor play books. It is also a much quicker read than I expected it to be. The black and white photos do not make the book as attractive as some but in this case the quality of the advice and commentary makes this a very good buy. If you are on a tight budget this book is good value for money.


What's Worth Fighting for in Headship?: Strategies for Taking Charge of the Headship
What's Worth Fighting for in Headship?: Strategies for Taking Charge of the Headship
by Michael Fullan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will remember reading this book, 10 Nov. 2007
This book is a classic in its own right. Although written several years ago, its message remains relevant to those in education management. It is packed full of soundbites and useful quotes so well worth purchasing for any education management course. I've had a copy on my bookshelf for more than four years and it's not gathering dust!


Creating a Space to Grow: The Process of Developing your Outdoor Learning Environment
Creating a Space to Grow: The Process of Developing your Outdoor Learning Environment
by Gail Ryder Richardson
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice for the Great Outdoor Area of Your Setting, 10 Nov. 2007
This book is packed full of straightforward advice for Early Years staff wishing to develop their outdoor area. The quantity of photographs are great for ideas and support the text beautifully. The author is highly experienced in supporting settings and the book is clearly a labour of love. Very useful for busy people who need a quick source of reference.


Stress proof your life: 52 brilliant ideas for taking control
Stress proof your life: 52 brilliant ideas for taking control
by Elisabeth Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read and relax!, 10 Nov. 2007
This is the "Brilliant Ideas" series at its best. An easy-to-read digestible book of supportive advice which encourages you to take steps to help yourself. Having suffered chronic stress in the workplace I found the style of this book reassuring. It is a "must-buy" for yourself and others. It's format is accessible even for those who don't read much.


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