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autumn activities

Bats, Spiders, Webs, OH MY!

October 30, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

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 »

Falling Into Autumn

October 9, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

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 »

Seeds & Fungus, In Fall, Among Us

October 4, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

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 »

Our First Week Back!

September 14, 2014 - Preschool Weekly

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 »

Playin’ Possum

November 16, 2013 - Preschool Weekly

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 »

Roots, Trunks and Leaves

October 13, 2013 - Preschool Weekly

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 »