Early Childhood Programs Blog

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 »

Forest Dreamer Tuesday/Thursday Class

October 1, 2018 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

This past week in Forest Dreamers is the perfect example of plans NOT going how we (teachers) planned. In fact, I think the children had an even better time! We started off making our way to the Headwaters Trail and stopped for some “nature” ice cream…flavors being pickle, spice bush, chocolate cucumber, and ghost pepper!… Read more »

Forest Dreamers Explore- Monday/Wednesday!

September 26, 2018 -

Monday/Wednesday Forest Dreamers: There are deer in the woods! Following the trail from the Glen this Monday led us to some scat! The kids were excited to investigate and see what was this animal was eating. We quickly found some persimmon seeds. Ms. Kelly asked the kids if they wanted to go find the persimmon… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 2

September 25, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Today was all about monarch butterflies, their life history, amazing beauty and crazy cool characteristics.  We started the day by meeting our three new friends who couldn’t join us for our first class.  It was a great opportunity to share a favorite memory from the weekend and go over our intentions and guidelines one more… Read more »