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    Ten Ways to Teach Children About the World Without Leaving School (From TYC!) - Field trips are a fun way to give children new and exciting learning experiences outside the classroom. However, they’re not always possible to take. But there are ways to learn about the community without leaving your program. Here are 10 simple and often free ways to bring new experiences from the outside world to the preschoolers in your program.

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