Early Childhood Programs Blog

Biomimicry: Birds and Flight Part 1

March 19, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

3/13/2018 Birds were the talk of the day as we learned more about how technology has been influenced by birds, what we can learn from studying birds, and how to be inspired by birds in the form of art.  We started by asking the question, why do we study birds?  What’s the purpose?  A lot… Read more »

Fire, Shelter and Warmth in Winter

March 16, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! With the temperatures dropping, the winds picking up and a few snow flurries, this was the perfect week to talk about how to stay warm in the winter! While we found lots of ice, snow and frozen ground to play with, we also worked together to figure out how to stay warm. Method 1:… Read more »

Biomimicry: Say It Like A Bat

March 14, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

3/6/2018 Today was a chilly day, with snow falling (that quickly was named “Snailing” because it seemed like a weird snow/hail mix, not quite snow, not quite hail).  Before we headed out on the trails, we quickly reviewed what we did last week.  We pulled out a maple sugaring sheet with all the steps in… Read more »

Magical Maple Meetings

March 9, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

Forest Dreamers have returned for the Spring! And just in time to experience the magic of the maple syrup season. Ms. Tara and Mr. Travis loved meeting and getting to know the new Forest Dreamers gang and already have so many ideas to explore this season! We spent the week getting to know one another,… Read more »

Biomimicry: Maple Sugaring and Celery Stalks

March 5, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Welcome back to Biomimicry!  In this homeschool class we learn about how plants and animals have inspired technologies and ideas that help people live better and sometimes even more sustainable lives.  We welcomed two new students to our class and started the day by going around and sharing our favorite animal, one thing love to… Read more »

Biomimicry: Windmills, a Hedgehog and a Campfire

December 16, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Week 12: 12/5/2017 This semester has been about discovering inventions, technologies and other innovations that have been inspired by nature, whether that be plants, animals or even weather and other natural phenomenon.  Today we got to make our own windmills because we were talking about how wind turbines have been redesigned to be more efficient… Read more »

Biomimicry: Meadow Quest

December 5, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

11/28/2017 Today was all about exploring some of the meadows of Irvine that we haven’t had a chance to hike through.  We started at the Gazebo with snack and a quick lesson on reading maps.  Looking at the Irvine map we identified the legend and also the compass rose.  We talked about why it’s important… Read more »

Teachin’ with Tools!

December 2, 2017 - Forest Dreamers

Without tools, Irvine would just be a giant, untamed forest. There would be no trails, no trail signs, no building, parking lot or outdoor classroom! To make all of these things, Mr. Wally and crew has had to plan, measure, hammer, dig, weigh, and mark everything on the property that is not off-trail.  We decided… Read more »

Thankful From the Water to the Sky!

December 2, 2017 - Forest Dreamers

This week was a mixed bag- we have been following our interests as a class like we always do. Our Monday/Wednesday friends talked about the sky, while our Tuesday/Thursday gang was all about the wetlands! On Thursday, both classes came together and had a wonderful ‘Friendship Feast’. Everyone brought something to share to add to… Read more »

Biomimicry: The Fire Challenge

November 27, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

11/14/17 Today it was really cold and breezy.  It might have reached 45 degrees but with the wind it felt much colder!  We all had cold hands, faces and even feet.  So what a perfect day to build campfires.  The challenge for the day was to build one match campfires.  A one match campfire is… Read more »