Early Childhood Programs Blog

Nurseries for the Babies! Forest Dreamers Tuesday/Thursday

May 9, 2019 -
Our Snail Nursery! Spring brings so many new changes to Irvine. One of our new favorite places to visit is the snail nursery. At first, we didn't know what we had in the streams. We realized that we were seeing a lot of "gel-like blobs" on the bottoms of rocks. Upon researching further, we discovered... Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 9

May 7, 2019 -
4/30/2019 Today we finished learning about Richard Shilling and his amazing ephermeral artwork.  Our focus today was creating a piece of art inspired by one of his art pieces pictured below called "Heard Through the Grapevine."  For our art we didn't use grapevine but we did use non-native plant vine called Oriental Bittersweet.  Since last... Read more »

Far off Places!- Forest Dreamers Monday/Wednesday

May 5, 2019 -
Duck Pond or Tent?!? As we approach May, our Forest Dreamers have a good knowledge of Irvine's property and map reading! The weather was cool and overcast so we presented two choices to the children and allowed them to cast THEIR vote! Today, we offered the duck pond and the tent. Each child grabbed some... Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 8

April 30, 2019 -
4/23/2019 Happy Earth Day!  Earth Day was on Monday but we celebrated it today with some citizen science at an Irvine pond.  Before heading out on our long hike, we glued maps of Irvine in our journals so we could start keeping track of cool nature finds and places we've been.  We also reviewed what... Read more »

Spring is in the Air! Forest Dreamers Tuesday/Thursday

April 29, 2019 -
The Back Ponds This week of Forest Dreamers went so quickly, probably due to the fact that there was so much going on every day! As we gathered today, we asked the children if they wanted to head to the back ponds. This would mean a hike but with the weather warming up, we planned... Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Spring Week 6 and 7

April 11, 2019 -
4/2/2019 Over the last few weeks we have been learning about land artist Michael Grab who uses rocks to make amazing, gravity defying structures.  Today we transitioned to a new artist, Richard Shilling, but before we talked about his art, we started our class with an Earth timeline.  Since rocks are as old as the... Read more »

Straw house to Spongy Kitchen! Forest Dreamers Monday/Wednesday

April 7, 2019 -
Engineers at Work Recently I read an article about the importance of fort building. Kids learn problem solving skills (“How do you make the corners stronger?”) and they practice using their motor skills! (tying string).  Well, this week in Forest Dreamers our children got to complete a structure that they started the previous week using... Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 5

April 2, 2019 -
3/26/2019 Today we introduced a new and fascinating land artist, Michael Grab.  Michael Grab creates art by delicately stacking rocks in mind-blowing positions.  The balancing feats he pulls off look unreal but they are real.  We looked at some of his most famous works of arts and put them in our journal, wondering how he... Read more »