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Welcome to Conversations with Claire where we will be having sharing with all our friends around the world looking through the lens of nature pedagogy, discussing the things that matter to us as educators.

Today, with over 25 years as an educator and university lecturer, firsthand experience with hundreds of children, many books written, and a PhD in Education, Dr. Warden brings her pioneering child-led, nature-based methods for educators and families worldwide.

Whether we're fascinated by the concepts of nature pedagogy, or are really engaged in inquiry-based learning in general, or Floorbooks in particular. Whatever it is that inspires you, we'd love to have a conversation with you in this podcast.

The most important thing for me is that all children are on the planet to flourish. The question is, how do we help them do that. How do we encourage those people that are with young children to see that they are very capable and that when we empower them they can be really strong agents for change.

Conversations with Dr. Claire Warden Dr Claire Warden

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Welcome to Conversations with Claire where we will be having sharing with all our friends around the world looking through the lens of nature pedagogy, discussing the things that matter to us as educators.

Today, with over 25 years as an educator and university lecturer, firsthand experience with hundreds of children, many books written, and a PhD in Education, Dr. Warden brings her pioneering child-led, nature-based methods for educators and families worldwide.

Whether we're fascinated by the concepts of nature pedagogy, or are really engaged in inquiry-based learning in general, or Floorbooks in particular. Whatever it is that inspires you, we'd love to have a conversation with you in this podcast.

The most important thing for me is that all children are on the planet to flourish. The question is, how do we help them do that. How do we encourage those people that are with young children to see that they are very capable and that when we empower them they can be really strong agents for change.

    Workbooks vs the real world - Parents Series #3

    Workbooks vs the real world - Parents Series #3

    Next up in our series of episodes aimed at helping parents, we discuss the balance between learning from worksheets and "real world learning".
    Real world learning is the day to day moments that we have as a family that are full of exciting opportunities. Things like setting the table, baking a cake or just going for a walk can offer valuable learning and help children to see the context of some of the experiences they're expected to explore. We chat about how we can help children love learning.
    The questions and topics in our Parent Podcasts have been sent to us by parents, carers and educators. If you have a subject you would like to bring up in conversation email us outdoors@virtualnatureschool.org
    Follow our conversations further by subscribing to our newsletter https://www.virtualnatureschool.org/products/newsletter (here.)

    • 26 min
    Parental wellbeing - Parents Series #2

    Parental wellbeing - Parents Series #2

    In this episode, the second of a special series of episodes created specifically to help parents we discuss how we can look after ourselves in these challenging times so we care for the children in our homes.
    We explore how the natural world can help us as adults to develop a sense of well being and think about things we can easily do that help us embrace this unique time with our children.
    The questions and topics in our Parent Podcasts have been sent to us by parents, carers and educators. If you have a subject you would like to bring up in conversation email us outdoors@virtualnatureschool.org
    Follow our conversations further by subscribing to our newsletter https://www.virtualnatureschool.org/products/newsletter (here.)

    • 19 min
    Keeping children warm outside - Parents Series #1

    Keeping children warm outside - Parents Series #1

    This is the first of a series of episodes that we have made with parents in mind. Now that we are back in lockdown, we hope parents who are at home with children will find encouragement and support to take their children outside for play even in the cold and often challenging weather conditions.
    This week we unpack the old adage that there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing by talking about how we get dressed to go out to play in the winter time.
    We talk about what items of clothing help us to stay warm, which materials work the best and other ways to stay warm when it's cold outside.
    The likelihood is that if your child is warm they're going to enjoy spending time outside.
    The questions and topics in our Parent Podcasts have been sent to us by parents, carers and educators. If you have a subject you would like to bring up in conversation email us outdoors@virtualnatureschool.org
    Follow our conversations further by subscribing to our newsletter https://www.virtualnatureschool.org/products/newsletter (here.)

    • 37 min
    Rituals and Routines - Conversations with Claire #6

    Rituals and Routines - Conversations with Claire #6

    We've been thinking this week about the place that rituals and routines have in our educational environment. We discuss how it's the little things in these situations that matter. Things like setting a table and gathering round together to eat a meal, gentle lighting, the idea that someone cares about you and welcomes you each day. These small rituals can easily go unnoticed but all add up to give a sense of belonging and inclusion.

    • 49 min
    A brief history of Floorbooks (Holiday Bonus Episode) - Conversations with Claire

    A brief history of Floorbooks (Holiday Bonus Episode) - Conversations with Claire

    Join us for a special BONUS episode of as Claire discusses all things Floorbooks! We take a look at where the idea of Floorbooks originated and how they can be used as a tool for change. We also look at the idea of being an education entrepreneur and discuss how all children, whether they have special rights, are from different cultures or curricular environments, all have the right to be heard.

    • 57 min
    Risky environments - Conversations with Claire #5

    Risky environments - Conversations with Claire #5

    We continue to think about childrens environments by looking closer at 'risky environments'. This week we examine the different types of risk and if we we truly understand how children feel when they come into our environment?
    It's really important to understand that there are different types of risk taking but together we bring all our experiences and learn that we need to push our own boundaries.
    Risk taking doesn't have to be about adventure but we need an ethos of freedom and wildness in the way that you work with children.

    • 51 min

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