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Early Childhood Programs Blog

Wetlands and Meadows- Forest Dreamers Monday/Wednesday

March 31, 2019 -
Our First Frog! Today was an AWESOME day for our Forest Dreamers to be on the trails! The forest is waking up and the animals are starting to emerge. Every day we get to see something new! When we gather in the Glen, our children often scatter and find several things that interest them.  You... Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 4

March 25, 2019 -
3/19/2019 In anticipation of meeting our first land artist of Spring we started introducing rocks and minerals.  Can you guess what natural material our land artist uses?  Find out next week!  Rocks are everywhere, we walk on them, drive on them, use them in landscaping, but how much do we really know about them?  What's... Read more »

Spring is in the Air- Forest Dreamers Monday/Wednesday

March 25, 2019 -
What’s that Peeping Around? One reason that I love working at Irvine is because I discover new things every day! With springtime approaching,  many plants and animals are emerging from their winter siesta! Today the children chose a further destination.  Taking advantage of the warmer weather, they wanted to visit some water and look for... Read more »

From Sun to Rain! Forest Dreamers Tuesday/Thursday

March 21, 2019 -
The Ninja Course The children had such a great time exploring our new “hidden play area” that they decided to head back and explore some more.  Sometimes with children, plans don’t go as planned and we didn’t make it past the straw bales. What started off as a quick jump, quickly became snack time. It... Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 3

March 21, 2019 -
Today we finished our maple magic lesson by doing experiments about capillary action, writing our own maple syrup story, exploring the pond and large red maple tree and making pancakes and eating them with real maple syrup!  Maple syrup is such a yummy treat, it's amazing to think that something so delicious can be made... Read more »

Pretend Play!- Forest Dreamers Tuesday/Thursday

March 16, 2019 -
The Band must Play On... This group of Forest Dreamers never cease to amaze Mrs. Stephanie and myself! They are continually on the move. In a society that alway entertains children, we sometimes hear "I'm bored" or "What can I do?". Not with this bunch of children! Be it at the stream, the climbing tree,... Read more »

New Places- Forest Dreamers Monday/Wednesdayy

March 16, 2019 -
Forest Dreamer Play! Monday was a slow day but one filled with play! We made it to the "salamander circle" where the kids split up into groups exploring the forest. The giant dirt pile proved too tempting and several children grabbed sticks and started to break up the pile. While that was taking place, some... Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Spring Week 2

March 12, 2019 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Today was week 1 of our Maple Magic series.  For two weeks we will be learning about maple syrup, how to identify maple trees in winter, how to measure trees and tap them for syrup and about the maple sugaring process.  Our focus today was on how to identify maple trees in winter and measure… Read more »

Brrrr….It’s COLD out here!

March 12, 2019 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

“L” is for LOVE It’s amazing to me the different things that we can find in nature. During the winter months, people often think the forest looks dead and “boring”. Every time we meet, this Forest Dreamer group discovers something new and exciting! This week, with the cold temperature, we discovered Ice Needles! What an… Read more »