You Are The Apple Of My Eye

October 28, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh and Honey Crisp, Braeburn, Gala, Fuji too, apples are so good for you! Which apple is your favorite? There are so many to choose from! What do you like to make with apples? The Nature Preschool loves apples of every kind, and not just for eating. Check out how we… Read more »

I’ve Got a Feeling…

October 21, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Just like the Beatles remind us in their song, “I’ve Got a Feeling” , we can’t hide our feelings. Expressing them in a safe and healthy way can be done, but first you have to learn to identify all those feelings, feelings deep inside, oh yeah… Cue Emotion Coach, Danny LaBrecque, aka Mr. Danny. Mr.… Read more »

The Leaves, They Are a-Changin’

October 14, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

October’s Party October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came— The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band. The Chestnuts came in yellow, The Oaks in crimson dressed; The lovely Misses Maple In scarlet… Read more »

SENSING FALL

October 6, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool welcomes Fall with open arms! We have embarked on many adventures to discover the changes that are occurring as the weather begins to cool down. Have you seen the leaves begin to change? Have you noticed the animals collecting food for the winter? Last week our classes were able to sport their… Read more »

Late Summer Treasures

September 23, 2016 - Preschool Weekly

From muddy puddles to clear blue skies, it has been a gorgeous week in the Nature Preschool!  Late summer treasures were the favorite topic of the preschool classes- the preschoolers took to the trails, collecting seeds and leaves in their pails. As we prepare to say goodbye to summer, we welcome fall with open arms. Preschoolers continue to… Read more »

Second Week Stride

September 16, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Summer has started to show signs it is coming to an end. Thankfully, our year at Nature Preschool is just beginning! The classes quickly found their stride and the children were ready to explore  new areas on the trails and in the forest. They brought their nature journals to some of Irvine’s most special spots: one class… Read more »

Hello Nature, Hello Friends

September 9, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Nature Preschool is back in session. It has been a magical week full of old friends, new faces, and discovering nature! This year the classes are different insects. We have the Bees, Crickets, Spiders, Dragonflies, Butterflies and Beetles. Each class spent time transitioning into new routines, hiking the trails and exploring the outdoor classroom! Outdoor… Read more »

Flower Ceremony & Farewells

May 22, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool was looking forward to our farewell celebration at our annual Flower Ceremony. Each class walked the processional, in costume, and gathered in the amphitheater.   The Director of the Nature Preschool, Karen Madigan, spoke sincerely about the gifts this program brings to families, children and the teachers. The children sang a song… Read more »

Fun Favorites

May 20, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

As the Nature Preschool’s year comes to a close the classes are revisiting all of their favorite things! Throughout the year, the children form connections to the people, places and things at Irvine. They often ask to hike to a favorite spot or somewhere we recently spotted wildlife. We re-read the same stories over and over upon request… Read more »

Ready for Rainbows!

May 13, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Nature Preschool had a lovely week discovering the colors of spring! We focused on rainbows, light and color. The spring scene at Irvine is mostly green. Luckily the nature preschoolers have expert “owl eyes” and spotted red leaves, orange clay, yellow dandelions, blueish earthworms and purple violets. Our week was full of overcast, damp days;… Read more »