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Early Childhood Programs Blog

Story Circle

October 21, 2018 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

Salamanders and things! We come together with ideas for our Forest Dreamer friends each class but have no set plan.  This way, our friends can really control how we spend our time together. Today, we had our map and set off on a scavenger hunt when we discovered “salamander circle”.  This wasn’t intentional…our friends were… Read more »

Creepy Crawly- Monday/Wednesday Forest Dreamers

October 21, 2018 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

Slugs and Salamanders We had a slow start this misty morning! We gathered our crew and started down the trail with promises of a special surprise.  Nestled back in the spice bush forest is a story circle…but not just any story circle…Salamander Circle! As we carefully rolled the stumps over, we discovered small, large, and… Read more »

Art and Science of the Land: Week 5

October 18, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/9/2018 With fall in full swing we introduced a new leaf artist to our repertoire, James Brunt.  He uses leaves and other natural materials to create patterns on the forest floor.  He takes photos of his creations to sell as art and they are beautiful!  Check out some of his amazing art here: https://www.jamesbruntartist.co.uk/ We… Read more »

All Aboard! Tuesday/Thursday Forest Dreamers

October 15, 2018 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

 Boats and Dams We have explored many places at Irvine but we still had one special stream destination left! We pulled out our Irvine map and checked out all the places we had visited already. We helped our crew orient the map and then asked them where we needed to go. They grabbed the maps… Read more »

Streams and Things- Monday/Wednesday Forest Dreamers

October 12, 2018 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

Log rolling…city dwelling! This week our Forest Dreamer friends had a hard time getting out of the Glen…and for good reason. We began our class at the sitting circle were we gently rolled back every log, checking for critters below. We were not disappointed! At first we only noticed the worms. Lots and lots of… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 4

October 8, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/2/2018 Today we explored more of the science aspect of our class, learning more about the life cycle of the milkweed plant, experimenting with water flow by building a dam, and doing water tests to determine the health of the stream we were playing in.  Last week we learned about the land artist Ashley Kidner… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 3

October 1, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

9/25/2018 Today we learned about our first land artist, Ashley Kidner, a local Baltimore land artist.  Before learning more about Ashley Kidner and his work, we opened our journals and reviewed our Nature Achievements.  We got to add our first sticker to our list of thirteen achievements from last week where we learned about the… Read more »