Who is David Sobel and what are his 7 Design Principles for Children and Nature?
Just as Howard Gardner had identified a set of intelligence for children, David Sobel, a place-based educator, identified a set of play themes that emerge when children experience free time in nature.
Today, I invite you to use Sobel’s principles either as a guide to help plan learning experiences with children of all ages or as an assessment tool for evaluating your outdoor classroom and/or backyard teaching garden designs. Sobel notes that the principles are not linked to any specific developmental age but will appear differently as the child grows older.
In this 1-hour workshop, you will
- Learn Sobel’s 7 Design Principles for Children & Nature.
- Explore how to adapt them to your Outdoor Classroom and/or Backyard Teaching Garden.
- Discuss Place-Based Education for children.