Early Childhood Programs Blog

Biomimicry: Animal Water Adaptations

May 8, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/1/2018 Today the weather was hot, the sun was blazing and there was barely a cloud in the sky.  On such a hot day a lot of us were thinking about water.  We reviewed what we learned last week by going over the three components of a wetland (water, hydric soil and hydrophilic plants) and… Read more »

Getting Wet in Water Week!

May 4, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

With the warm weather this week, we dove into water and water conservation. We started out by reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and discussing pollution. We saw that in the story one man’s desire to make money ended up polluting an entire ecosystem, forcing animals to leave and almost causing the extinction of the Truffula… Read more »

Digging in the Dirt for Earth Day!

April 27, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

In honor of Earth Day we dove into the dirt this week, learning about decomposers and the really rich soil they make. We started by talking about decomposers, what they do, and what the forest would look like if all the decomposers disappeared. We started by focusing on one of our favorite decomposers: the worm.… Read more »

ROCKin’ in the Rain, Snow, Wind and Sun!

April 20, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

Inspired by the rocks we found down at the wetland last week and the fact that they remain constant despite all of the weather conditions Spring brought to us (rain, wind, snow, and sun), we explored the world of rocks this week. We started by talking about what we know about rocks: that some are… Read more »

A Campfire and Bursting Buds

April 19, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

4/10/18  Mid-Semester Campfire Celebration Today marked the (almost) half way point for our homeschool semester!  We started the day by meeting one of Irvine’s newest animal ambassadors, the Great Horned Owl.  Jenna, our animal care specialist, showed us the owl and we learned a lot about the owl and falconry!  Over the last few weeks… Read more »

Amphibians are Oviparous Too!

April 13, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

Last week we explored birds, their nests, and their eggs and we learned that not just birds lay eggs! We found that many different types of animals lay eggs and that they are called Oviparous animals. Since amphibians are Oviparous, we explored their world this week. After talking about what we already know about amphibians,… Read more »

Flying Into Spring

April 6, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

Since our exploration of birds was interrupted by the snowy start of Spring, we continued with our bird theme this week! We started by thinking about what different birds eat. We took our observations and combined that with what we already know, to figure out the food choices of different birds. The other week we… Read more »

Biomimicry: Birds and Flight Part 2

April 5, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

4/3/2018 Spring has arrived and with Spring come the birds!  Last class we learned about why people study and watch birds, how to identify birds and also how to sketch birds.  We also got to build really cool paper airplanes of various designs and test them in the field!  This week was all about bird… Read more »

Spring Snow and Birds

March 23, 2018 - Forest Dreamers

Happy Spring from the Forest Dreamers! This week we began to explore birds. We read a book called “Feathers: Not Just for Flying” by Melissa Stewart and learned that birds use their feathers for many things. Some use their feathers for shade, others for flotation, others for warmth and we were surprised to learn that… Read more »