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Forest Kindergarten Film Screening and Author of Wild Play to Read in Brattleboro
February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmfree
Antioch University New England and Green Writer’s Press announce a free public screening of the short documentary “The Best Day Ever” and readings from a new edition of Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors by David Sobel.
The film will be shown at 6:15. Following the showing of the film, David Sobel will read short excerpts from his newly reissued Wild Play book.
“The Best Day Ever” reveals the magic going on in local public school kindergartens where teachers take their students outdoors one full day every week, all year, in any weather. View the official film trailer below.
Inspired by European Forest Kindergartens, a handful of teachers in the Upper Valley began dedicating one day-per-week to nature-based play and learning five years ago. The idea, since featured on National Public Radio and on The Atlantic Education blog, has caught the attention of parents and educators nationwide. Regionally, dozens of classrooms now spend frequent time in wild spaces, cooking over campfires, and learning and playing outdoors.
The readings from Wild Play will describe natural world stories, conversations with children, and family adventures from the early childhood years.
Wild Play, originally published by the Sierra Club in 2011, has been republished by Green Writer’s Press in Brattleboro, VT. It includes two new chapters focusing on Sobel’s children as young adults. In praise of Sobel’s work, Richard Louv wrote, “The power of nature in children’s lives is inextricably linked to the power of story, and David Sobel, one of the pioneering voices in the children and nature movement, is a born storyteller. Wild Play is an invaluable, eloquent and heartfelt contribution to the movement and most of all to children and those who love them.”
View the official trailer: