Early Childhood Programs Blog

Art & Science of the Land: Week 1

September 25, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

9/11/2018 Welcome to our Fall session of Art & Science of the Land, where we learn more about land artists, create art installations out of natural materials, and spark our own curiosity and explore our connection to the land.  Before we learn about how others have expressed their love of nature by creating works of… Read more »

Forest Dreamers Begins!

September 16, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

What a GREAT start to our Forest Dreamers class! Ms. Kelly, Ms. Stephanie and myself have been looking forward to getting back onto the trails this fall with our young Forest Dreamers! We started our time off this week by introducing our “Good Morning” song and getting to know each other. We have a great… Read more »

Final Goodbyes

June 7, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

We can’t believe that Spring season of Forest Dreamers has officially come to an end! We have had so much fun watching all of our Forest Dreamers grow, connect with the world around them, and have a blast doing it! To end the year, we tied the things we learned about this season in with… Read more »

Biomimicry: Campfires and Celebration

June 6, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Week 12 – 5/29/2018 Today was the long awaited individual campfires day.  So far this semester the weather hasn’t been on our side for campfires, it’s either been too cold, too windy, too rainy or way too hot.  Today was pretty warm but we hoped the clouds would keep us cool long enough to practice… Read more »

‘Leafing’ for Summer!

June 1, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

This week we celebrated the Forest Dreamers and everything they have learned this semester! We have had such a great time this season exploring, observing, discovering, laughing, meeting animal visitors, climbing, jumping, playing games, getting wet and muddy, catching frogs/tadpoles/toads and so much more! We can’t believe the season is over and its time to… Read more »

Biomimicry: Decomposers and Recycling

May 30, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/15/2018 Have you ever eaten muscles before?  Most people go to the store or seafood market to buy them already pre-plucked from their rocky homes.  In the wild, muscles create an incredibly strong adhesive.  If you’ve ever been to the ocean and tried to pry muscles from the rocks, you’d know they can really hold… Read more »

Hanging in Habitats

May 25, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

This week we explored habitats and the animals and plants that live in them. We defined habitat as a place where plants and animals live. We started by looking at a map of Irvine and circling all of the habitats we have visited this semester: the woods, the meadow, the wetlands, and the stream. Then… Read more »

Playing in the Water Cycle!

May 18, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

With all the precipitation and thunder storms this week, we decided to explore the water cycle. We talked about what we know about the cycle and shared with each other. We knew some different places water can be stored (ocean, river, puddles, lakes, ponds) and even learned a few new ones (underground, in plants, and… Read more »

Biomimicry: A Day of Color

May 14, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/8/2018 Today was our last class before Mother’s Day so we hoped to surprise our moms with origami flowers.  We made two different types of flowers, starting with the more complicated one.  This was a craft we had hoped to do a few weeks back when learning about how leaves fit into buds but we… Read more »

Reptiles in Food Webs

May 11, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

This week we focused on reptiles and how they fit into food webs. We started by reading a story called About Reptiles: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill to build our base of knowledge about this group of animals. We talked about how they have dry, scaly skin, that they lay eggs, and that they… Read more »