Mindstretchers Academy

Mindstretchers Academy and Claire Warden are about providing inspirational education inside, outside and beyond. http://www.mindstretchers.academy 01764 650030

Mindstretchers is a dynamic company of people dedicated to providing children with multi-sensory and real-world educational environments through training and consultancy, educational products, nature kindergartens and charitable endeavours. Founder and CEO, Claire Warden, formerly a school teacher and lecturer in Primary Education at Strathclyde University, developed the underlying philosophy of r

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Photos from Mindstretchers Academy's post 04/05/2021

FREE DOWNLOAD for Early Years Practitioners! https://bit.ly/2PMtTI2
Issue 7 of INQUIRIES - Language of Nature - my guide to planning with and for children.
Floorbooks are the hub for conversations, playful actions and moments. They’re wonderful to use with children of all ages. In this Issue Dr Claire Warden shares the place of Floorbooks and Talking Tubs in the development and celebration of place-based language.
To get your copy follow this link, pop issue 7 in your cart and checkout for free. You'll be sent an email to download your copy from: https://bit.ly/2PMtTI2
If you've already subscribed to Inquiries, you’ll shortly receive your copy via email, so check your inbox 😉
#floorbooks #inquirybasedlearning

20/04/2021

NATURE IS EVERYWHERE Feat. Dr Claire Warde‪n‬

Don't miss this!

Photos from Virtual Nature School's post 06/03/2021

Delighted to be supporting the Virtual Nature School working in Scotland for a six week training project. These are the provocations for parents and families to Look Up. Feel free to share.

10/02/2021

For those of us with cold weather. Join Claire and Bravo at the Virtual Nature School where our social enterprise is running a wintertime project to support children, families and educators to be outside. www.virtualnatureschool.org

Lets be creative with two bowls. One to hold the water and one or two smaller ones inside it to make the space for the candles.

FREE DOWNLOAD - Inquiries - Issue 4 - Finding joy in small moments 04/02/2021

FREE DOWNLOAD - Inquiries - Issue 4 - Finding joy in small moments

FREE DOWNLOAD for Early Years Practitioners! http://bit.ly/36Dq9Og
Issue 4 of INQUIRIES - Finding joy in small moments - Dr Claire Warden's guide to planning with and for children.
Floorbooks are the hub for conversations, playful actions and moments. They’re wonderful to use with children of all ages. In this Issue Claire reflects on finding joy in small moments and consider how to use those times to develop emotional literacy through reflection and conversation.
To get your copy follow this link, pop issue 4 in your cart and checkout for free. You'll be sent an email to download your copy from: http://bit.ly/36Dq9Og
If you've already subscribed to Inquiries, you’ll shortly receive your copy via email, so check your inbox 😉
#floorbooks #inquirybasedlearning

FREE DOWNLOAD - Inquiries - Issue 4 - Finding joy in small moments INQUIRIES - Issue 4 - Finding joy in small moments. Floorbooks are the hub for conversations, playful actions and moments. They are wonderful to use with children of all ages. In this Issue, Claire reflects finding joy in small moments and considers how to use those times to develop emotional litera...

29/01/2021

Get that Friday Feeling outside 🙃😀

How the 50 Words project is using technology to bring language to the world 26/01/2021

How the 50 Words project is using technology to bring language to the world

Respecting all forms of communication is at the root of the Floorbook approach. Surely, taking time to listen and value childrens language is integral to rights based practice.

How the 50 Words project is using technology to bring language to the world The 50 Words project is an interactive online map giving everyone the opportunity to hear Aboriginal languages spoken all across the continent.

26/01/2021
20/01/2021

Years in the making. Great news. Claire's Book on Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools is now for sale in China.The website of Dangdang:http://product.dangdang.com/29179516.html

Years in the making. Great news. Claire's Book on Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools is now for sale in China.The website of Dangdang:http://product.dangdang.com/29179516.html

Why Disability Representation in Toys Is So Important 14/01/2021

Why Disability Representation in Toys Is So Important

Why Disability Representation in Toys Is So Important "Look at their faces. Pride at having a toy just like them."

FREE DOWNLOAD - Wintertime Nature Play Diary 08/01/2021

FREE DOWNLOAD - Wintertime Nature Play Diary

Hi everyone. Given our new lockdown status in the UK we are delighted to share that Claire has created a FREE Wintertime Nature Play Diary which is now available to download from our book section. (There are summertime options on the the same webpage for those in warmer climates.) Designed for you to share with families or use yourselves to increase the time you spend outside on inquiry based adventures. Available to everyone, anywhere 🙂 http://bit.ly/2XlwYPp

FREE DOWNLOAD - Wintertime Nature Play Diary FREE DOWNLOAD - Nature Play Diary - Wintertime 'Experiences can take just a moment but last a lifetime' The purpose of this Nature Play Diary is to celebrate the experiences your child has enjoyed through the winter. There are many pages for you to choose from. Download the pages that work for you a...

17/12/2020

Last chance to buy the ultimate Floorbooks online training at an introductory price!

'INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING WITH THE FLOORBOOK APPROACH’ by Dr Claire Warden.

Offer ends midnight (GMT) tonight. https://bit.ly/2TrE9n8

Last chance to buy the ultimate Floorbooks online training at an introductory price!

'INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING WITH THE FLOORBOOK APPROACH’ by Dr Claire Warden.

Offer ends midnight (GMT) tonight. https://bit.ly/2TrE9n8

Photos from Mindstretchers Academy's post 16/12/2020

Don't miss out! Get the ultimate Floorbooks online training at an introductory price. Offer ends midnight (GMT) 17 December.

Transform the way you feel about planning and documentation with Dr Claire Warden's brand new 'INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING WITH THE FLOORBOOK APPROACH’' online course.

Improve your skills
Develop confidence
Feel inspired

Over 10 hours of professional development. Introductory price £160 ~ $287AUD ~ $217 USD. Pay in your own currency at checkout. Find out more: https://bit.ly/2TrE9n8

15/12/2020

FREE DOWNLOAD for Early Years Practitioners! https://bit.ly/2W8LoBL

Issue 3 of INQUIRIES - Dr Claire Warden's guide to planning with and for children - available now!

'Sharing love and care with a toddler'.

To get your copy follow this link, pop issue 3 in your cart and checkout for free. You'll be sent an email to download it from. https://bit.ly/2W8LoBL
If you've already subscribed to Inquiries, you’ll have already received your copy via email, so check your inbox 😉

#floorbooks #inquirybasedlearning

FREE DOWNLOAD for Early Years Practitioners! https://bit.ly/2W8LoBL

Issue 3 of INQUIRIES - Dr Claire Warden's guide to planning with and for children - available now!

'Sharing love and care with a toddler'.

To get your copy follow this link, pop issue 3 in your cart and checkout for free. You'll be sent an email to download it from. https://bit.ly/2W8LoBL
If you've already subscribed to Inquiries, you’ll have already received your copy via email, so check your inbox 😉

#floorbooks #inquirybasedlearning

15/12/2020

Scottish practitioners! The Virtual Nature School is back with an exciting Winter Programme. If you haven't already applied for your team's FREE place then you'll need to get a shift on - applications close 5pm today 😮
Limited spaces. All the details and application form can be found here: https://www.virtualnatureschool.org/
Please note: This programme is only available to Scottish practitioners as it's funded by Scottish Government.

Scottish practitioners! The Virtual Nature School is back with an exciting Winter Programme. If you haven't already applied for your team's FREE place then you'll need to get a shift on - applications close 5pm today 😮
Limited spaces. All the details and application form can be found here: https://www.virtualnatureschool.org/
Please note: This programme is only available to Scottish practitioners as it's funded by Scottish Government.

30/11/2020

HALF PRICE OFFER!

'Planning celebratory moments with and for children'
Enjoy planning with and for children, so you don't need to provide all the ideas! http://bit.ly/2qHSTDG

This Academy Talk will give you insight into how to make celebratory moments inclusive and joyful for all children.

P.S. You'll have access to the talk for one year.
Enjoy!

26/11/2020

INQUIRIES Issue 2 - FREE DOWNLOAD is now available for anyone who hasn't subscribed yet https://bit.ly/3kIYZd8

If you've already subscribed you should have received your copy via email, so check your inbox 🙂

This issue shares the thoughts of some children about the Covid-19 pandemic. We demonstrate how using a Talking Tub and the writing and drawing process, documented in the Floorbook, supported them to talk about what is happening.
#floorbooks #inquirybasedlearning

INQUIRIES Issue 2 - FREE DOWNLOAD is now available for anyone who hasn't subscribed yet https://bit.ly/3kIYZd8

If you've already subscribed you should have received your copy via email, so check your inbox 🙂

This issue shares the thoughts of some children about the Covid-19 pandemic. We demonstrate how using a Talking Tub and the writing and drawing process, documented in the Floorbook, supported them to talk about what is happening.
#floorbooks #inquirybasedlearning

24/11/2020

INQUIRIES Issue 1

19/11/2020

We're so excited to introduce Dr Claire Warden's new guide to planning with and for children 'INQUIRIES'.
Issue 1 is available now. It focuses on the benefits of inquiry-based learning. Get your FREE COPY here: https://bit.ly/35KRTkb
#floorbooks #inquirybasedlearning

Timeline Photos 18/11/2020

Claire's really looking forward to this on Saturday! It's not too late to join this fabulous event, watch Claire's speech and ask her questions in the live chat. 😊
#childedsummit #naturepedagogy

Join Claire Warden at the #childedsummit, in an inspiring journey into nature, as she explores Nature Pedagogy and the art of learning with nature inside, outside and beyond into wilder spaces.

Book your place now 🌳- http://ow.ly/3nuZ50CcdBb

mindstretchers.academy 28/10/2020

Positive Transitions - How to create transitions that help children thrive

Transition time again! 😮
For our colleagues around the world that are helping children prepare for their transition. This webinar by Dr Claire Warden is just for you...
Approaching the subject through the eyes of a child, Claire will provide practical steps that you can take to support children and parents through sometimes bewildering phases in their lives. She'll suggest conversations that can empower children to cope with change and move on to the next stage in their learning both enthusiastically and without anxiety. https://bit.ly/2HF4kEz

mindstretchers.academy Positive Transitions - How to Create Transitions That Help Children Thrive by Dr Claire Warden Aims This webinar will help you to support children through the process of transition to achieve a positive outcome for them and their families. Claire Warden will explain some of the research that evidenc...

mindstretchers.academy 27/10/2020

Inquiry-based Learning with the Floorbook Approach

Introductory offer - 36% off!
Planning with and for children.
Transform the way you feel about planning and documentation with our brand new 'INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING WITH THE FLOORBOOK APPROACH’' online course.

Improve your skills
Develop confidence
Feel inspired

Over 10 hours of professional development. Introductory price £160 ~ $289AUD ~ $207 USD. Pay in your own currency at checkout. Find out more: https://bit.ly/2TrE9n8

mindstretchers.academy Inquiry-based Learning with the Floorbook Approach® online course created by Dr Claire Warden. Get inspired to support inquiry-based learning experiences that tap into children’s natural curiosity and truly engage them. This online course will help you transform the cycle of observation, assessme...

22/10/2020

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mindstretchers.academy 18/09/2020

Nature-based Learning

Offer ends today! Save £90!

🌿 Improve your skills 🌿
🌿 Develop confidence 🌿
🌿 Feel inspired 🌿

With Dr Claire Warden's brand new 'NATURE-BASED LEARNING' online course 🌿
Introductory price £160 (full price £250) choose to pay in your own currency at checkout. Buy now: https://bit.ly/2FxOUBa

Now more than ever, children need high quality nature-based play and learning.

Globally we face the challenge of providing interesting and engaging environments for children whilst keeping them as safe as we possibly can. Play and learning in an outdoor setting can support this.

So how can nature-based learning become part of your children's experiences? How can you as an educator, learn how to bring nature into your practice? What if you could find new inspiration, clarity and purpose in your teaching practice outdoors?

Claire has created this online course to help you understand the basics of nature-based learning and get started straight away. Feel inspired to create nature-based learning experiences that engage children and connect them to the natural world, whether they live in the city or a more rural setting. Find out more: https://bit.ly/2FxOUBa

mindstretchers.academy Nature-based Learning online course created by Dr Claire Warden. Get inspired to create nature-based learning experiences that engage children and connect them to the natural world, whether they live in the city or the country. During this course you will consider the benefits of learning with natur...

16/09/2020

Hurry! Introductory offer ends 18 September - save £90!

🌿 Improve your skills 🌿
🌿 Develop confidence 🌿
🌿 Feel inspired 🌿

With Dr Claire Warden's brand new 'NATURE-BASED LEARNING' online course 🌿
Introductory price £160 (full price £250) choose to pay in your own currency at checkout. Buy now: https://bit.ly/2FxOUBa

Now more than ever, children need high quality nature-based play and learning.

Globally we face the challenge of providing interesting and engaging environments for children whilst keeping them as safe as we possibly can. Play and learning in an outdoor setting can support this.

So how can nature-based learning become part of your children's experiences? How can you as an educator, learn how to bring nature into your practice? What if you could find new inspiration, clarity and purpose in your teaching practice outdoors?

Claire has created this online course to help you understand the basics of nature-based learning and get started straight away. Feel inspired to create nature-based learning experiences that engage children and connect them to the natural world, whether they live in the city or a more rural setting. Find out more: https://bit.ly/2FxOUBa

08/09/2020

Join us in the Virtual Nature School for what promises to be an fabulous session with Maree Todd MSP #virtualnatureschool

It's ICE CREAM time!! Today we're finishing off ice week by opening up our own ice cream shops and thinking about the different ways we can serve and share our ice cream! Watch the video for more!

Join Claire at Auchlone on YouTube at 10am! 😊
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVbhD0fLMVw&ab_channel=VirtualNatureSchool

Tune back in this week for more:
Monday: Slippy!
Tuesday: Ice Shapes with special guest Maree Todd MSP
Wednesday: Trapping
Thursday: Colouring
Friday: Ice Cream Shop

31/08/2020

Shadow Puppet Show at Virtual Nature School! (Trailer)

This week Dr Claire Warden will be exploring shadows with children from all over the world through the Virtual Nature School. Subscribe to our Youtube channel https://bit.ly/30LfIoe and watch Claire's provocation videos live at 10am (BST) every weekday or catch up with the recorded sessions at a time to suit you. #virtualnatureschool https://youtu.be/U27H1AbE1z0

As part of Virtual Nature School's inquiry into Shadows, children from around Scotland prepared shadow puppet shows. Here are just some clips from their show...

teachermagazine.com.au 24/08/2020

Teaching Methods: Nature Pedagogy with Claire Warden

A piece of work that Dr Claire Warden did prior to the pandemic to support nature based pedagogies in settings.

teachermagazine.com.au Teacher chats to Claire Warden about Nature Pedagogy – what it is and how it works in practice, including lesson planning and risk management.

21/08/2020

What these parents think about Virtual Nature School

Have you subscribed to Virtual Nature School on Youtube yet? https://bit.ly/30LfIoe

Join our very own Dr Claire Warden for inspirational nature-based, child-led activities that they will love! Every weekday, live at 10am BST or catch up on the recorded sessions at a time to suit you.
Watch 40 films that are FREE and available for ALL PRACTITIONERS AND FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD! Generously funded by the Scottish Government so that we can share nature-based play and learning with everyone 💚

See what parents are saying about Virtual Nature School...
https://youtu.be/nSmfIpeA8IY

Scottish Virtual Nature School has been running since 30 March 2020 when Scottish schools closed for the lockdown. Since then, hundreds of children from arou...

26/07/2020

What these parents think about Virtual Nature School

Join Dr Claire Warden in the Virtual Nature School every weekday at 10am BST for inspirational nature-based, child-led activities that they will love. Now available for ALL FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD! Watch live or recorded sessions on YouTube from our very own award-winning Auchlone Nature Kindergarten in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Subscribe to our Youtube channel and don't miss a session - https://bit.ly/30LfIoe

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Scottish Virtual Nature School has been running since 30 March 2020 when Scottish schools closed for the lockdown. Since then, hundreds of children from arou...

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We design and produce our own range of resources to motivate and inspire children and adults to learn in an experiential environment. Many of our resources come from developing countries and are based on fair trade and environmentally friendly ethics. Most of our resources are open-ended and their use is limited only by a child's imagination.

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We have a Nature Kindergarten centre at Auchlone near Crieff, Perthshire. Children from the age of 2 years spend about 80% of the day outdoors in all weathers. They have access to the very naturalistic garden and to the wilder woods attached to the Kindergartens where they use tools to build dens, cook on fire and explore nature. We offer a range of training and learning opportunities for children and adults. From C.P.D training such as Motivational Maths, Outdoor Play and consulting children through Talking and Thinking Floorbooks , Forest School and Nature Kindergarten training for adults to coaching in context and centre based visits with children. Above all we hope to share a positive attitude and enthusiasm for experiential learning.