This week the Nature Preschool at Irvine was imagining the sounds of swooping wings in the night and the tickling touch of our favorite 8 legged, creepy crawly friends. The children helped us list what they know about spiders – which was a whole lot! We did more research through stories, games and hands-on activities!… Read more »
The Nature Preschool had another fabulous week falling into Autumn! We avoided the big storm and still got to enjoy the gifts Mother Nature left behind from last week’s rain! The damp earth lent itself to the children’s continued interest in toads, worms, and mushrooms! Although our biggest gift was the bright, autumn sunshine! It… Read more »
Fall is here and the Nature Preschool at Irvine is eager to explore the beginning signs of our new season! What do you think can be found in nature during fall? In our classrooms we introduced some clues. Crunchy leaves, hickory nuts and dried cornstalks were added to our discovery tables! We added feathers, acorns… Read more »
The autumn woods were calling out to us this week! The children discovered how the forest is changing for fall through many different means of exploration. The children go wild for scavenger hunts, so we sent them out looking for signs of fall! They even got to practice their own mark making with clip boards… Read more »
It can be scary for students and parents when the first day of school arrives. There are many new faces, routines and expectations. While there’s no way to eliminate first day jitters altogether, we were grateful that families participated in Monday’s Preschool Family Orientation. This gentle starts offers a glimpse into our routine (EX. signing… Read more »
As the autumn sunlight dwindles, we turn our thoughts to the night. Students explore how nocturnal animals are adpated to life under the cover of darkness. The resident opossum made a guest appearance in our classroom, too! We held our annual fall harvest campfire to celebrate the season and put our own senses to the test during a moonlit… Read more »
From seed to vine we examined pumpkins and other fall fruits. We visited a pumpkin patch, too! Children loved pumpkin bowling, dissecting gourds, floating the fruits in water, and experimenting with pumpkin seeds.
We explored fall seeds this week – it was NUTS! We discovered the creatures that rely on acorns, hickory and walnuts as they prepare for winter. We loved playing squirrel games, making acorn paintings and searching for fall clues during our hikes.
As the forest bustles with fall changes, we turn our thoughts to what trees do in autumn. Some of our favorite tree investigations this week included acorn and leaf printing, rubbings made on tree rings, outdoor leaf play, and tree exploration in the rain. “Mother Nature Did you Sneeze” and “I’m a Nut” were favorite songs. Notice all the… Read more »
What is a community? What jobs do people and animals do in a community? Children learned all about communities at Irvine Nature Center – on the trails, in the classroom, and with jobs that special people do at our Center. Children loved meeting the grounds crew and seeing the amazing tools they use to care… Read more »