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 »

See You Later Winter! Forest Dreamers Monday/Wednesday

March 10, 2019 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

Cold Wet Snow!! Today was possibly our last snow fall for the season! We gathered in the Glen and enjoyed some snow fun! Snow angels revealed smiley faces in the mulch! Teepee building led to pretend fire hand warming! The kids have such a great imagination and their excitement is contagious. Moving quickly for some… Read more »

Bring on the ICE! (Tuesday/Thursday)

March 4, 2019 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

Hopscotch and Allergies Finally…Forest Dreamers starts up again!! Everyone gathered in the Glen, quickly setting off teepee building, balancing on logs, and inspecting the hidden ice crystals in the shadows of the bare trees. Some children rolled over logs and used magnifying lens to get a closer look.  We knew that this day would revolve… Read more »

Art and Science of the Land: First Week of Spring

March 4, 2019 - Earth Friends, Preschool

2/26/2019 Welcome back to Irvine for our Spring semester of Earth Friends Homechool!  This semester we are continuing on the theme we started in Fall, learning about how artists are inspired by the art and science of the land to create land art.  Sometimes this land art is small, sometimes it’s on a large, permanent… Read more »

HOORAY! A SNOW DAY!

January 16, 2019 - Preschool, Preschool News

At the Nature Preschool, we relish time to play and explore in nature, no matter the weather. We play in rain, in puddles, in heat, and chill, and on some magical amazing days we play in SNOW!  This week while most area schools were closed due to the 3” of snow, the Nature Preschool was… Read more »

That’s a Wrap!- Forest Dreamers “Changing Winds Ceremony” and Memories

December 20, 2018 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

We have had a fantastic 13 weeks of Forest Dreamers! These groups came together to make some awesome memories and discoveries! Looking back, we realize that we have covered so much as the seasons have changed here at Irvine! We started off with the meadows covered in milkweed, golden rod, and monarchs…to end with a… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 12

December 20, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

12/4/2018 Today we worked on shelter building, an excellent skill to practice for fun and for survival situations.  We started by reviewing some basic shelter types, including a debris hut, a lean-to and a wicki-up which is like a teepee but covered in debris.  Another option for a shelter that we learned about was a… Read more »

Pond or Puddle?? Where will we find the best ICE!!- Forest Dreamers Tuesday/Thursday

December 17, 2018 - Forest Dreamers, Preschool

The temperatures have dropped and Forest Dreamers voted to find ice! We headed to the ponds to see what changes happened overnight with the freezing weather and BOY were we excited to see the ICE! We started off our walk noticing the frost on the leaves and under logs. Several of our Forest Dreamer friends… Read more »