Potential Development of Nature-Based Curriculum for Preschool Children: A Preliminary Survey
Keywords:Early Childhood Education, Nature-Based Curriculum, Environment Education
Learning takes place in the environment of nature in nature-based curriculum education for young children. Children’s learning and development in all areas, including social-emotional, physical, and cognitive, are enhanced by nature-based learning experiences. However, due to an increase in children being detached from nature in their daily lives, there is a need for a nature-based curriculum to strengthen children’s ties to nature while also utilizing its educational benefits. This research explores the potential development of a nature-based curriculum for preschool children. The current study seeks to analyze the potential of this curriculum that is based on nature for preschool children in Kuala Lumpur. For that purpose, interviews were conducted with 12 individuals who are government and private preschool teachers, local university lecturers, Educational Planning and Research Division Officers of the Ministry of Education, and also the parents. The findings indicated that the development of a nature-based curriculum is needed to provide a nature play-based and cognitively rich curriculum that encourages creativity. Also, the development of this curriculum will help preschool children in regards to their social-emotional and nature appreciation. A nature-based curriculum is believed to offer a plethora of chances for exploration, creativity, problem-solving, and STEM learning. Children can learn by doing and experimenting with concepts when they connect with natural environments.