Tara Smoot Nasmyth
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  • Fremont, CA
  • United States
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Earth's Creations Ecology School & Family Child Care
My teaching philosophy stems from a play based emergent curriculum framework. I believe that creative expression and play are the roots for cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development in early childhood years. I value an integrated curriculum that spreads into all subjects including language, arts, health, math and science. As a result of combining learning in this fashion, dynamic engagement and creativity are inspired. With care and attention, strong child, family, and community relationships are built.
When the indoor and outdoor environments are especially prepared and children are supplied with age appropriate materials of interest, children will intrinsically begin to explore their surroundings and learn about themselves and their environment through hands on experiences.
My experience includes caring for infants, teaching girl scouts, preschool, and elementary children. I am currently active in the early childhood education community as a contractor responsible for presenting and facilitating parent and teacher workshops on the subject of Environmental Awareness in Early Childhood. Through interaction with an Eco-Laboratory, the workshops demonstrate the benefits, ease and deep value of implementing a living science curriculum.
My niche is environmental education. Natural Resources are the reason for our survival on this planet. I believe that the early years are crucial times to expose children to experiences with our air, land, and water resources. Children innately appreciate the beauty of nature and learn much about themselves and the world through ecology. It is a privilege to have your children in my life.
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At 10:11am on April 8, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Tara! Welcome to C&NN. I'm really glad you found us. You sound passionate about teaching children and about environmental ed. I'm sure you're great at it! Your school looks very special.

Have you checked out our Natural Teachers Network? I think you'll enjoy the sharing and resources. There are plenty of other places around the network where you can also make yourself at home. I look forward to learning much more about you, your work and your passions. Cheers!
At 2:09pm on April 6, 2010, Stephanie said…
Arbonne is good stuff but it is pricey...Make sure you let me know when you host your first webinar ;)
At 1:20pm on April 6, 2010, Stephanie said…
I would love to see a virtual tour of you day care, how exciting! I've sat in on several webinars for different things and hosted one when I was selling Arbonne. They are easy once you have a PowerPoint presentation put together. I don't recall what website I used but there are many different ones out there...some cheaper than others.
At 11:42am on April 6, 2010, Stephanie said…
I agree! I was just checking out your website and was wondering if you planned on putting your seminars online as a video or presentation. Do you do webinars? :)
At 6:21pm on April 5, 2010, Stephanie said…
Did I ever tell you that your lead at CFC with all the animals was the start of my understanding and interest in natural experiences? I'm not as awesome as you (yet) but your work is inspiring and I hope to take these natural experiences into the elementary classroom with me! :)

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