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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 »

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 and Science of the Land: Week 6 & 7

October 29, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/16/2018 Mid-semester campfire Before enjoying a campfire with our families and fellow homeschoolers, we continued our lesson on leaves.  With fall colors starting to show we started with an experiment to learn more about the colors that make up leaves in the fall.  In this experiment we gathered three different colors of leaves, green, yellow… 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 »

Biomimicry: Campfire and Echolocation

November 10, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/31/2017 Happy Halloween!  Today was our mid-semester campfire which we got to celebrate with the other homeschool classes and our families and friends.  Some of us even came in costumes!  Before heading down to the campfire we passed out the silicone molds.  Last week we were learning about spider silk and how people use learning… Read more »

Living Wetlands Week 12 Campfire

May 27, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Today was our last day of class.  It was bittersweet since we all had such a fantastic time this Spring and I wish it wasn’t the last day!  To celebrate all the fun we had, the nature exploration we did and the discoveries we made, we made a campfire, had some sweet treats and finished… Read more »

Living Wetlands Week 6 and 7

April 25, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Week 6 Today was the day of our campfire party where we celebrated around a large campfire with campfire snacks like hot dogs, s’mores and roasted apples.  It was a great opportunity to mingle with the other homeschool group and also mark the half way point for homeschool.  Can’t believe it’s already half over!  We… Read more »

Campfires Under Starry Skies

November 13, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool continued our exploration of night this week! We focused on campfires, fire safety and the night sky! The classrooms were decorated with campfire rings, tents and glowing stars! Have you ever been camping? What kinds of things do you do around a campfire? We practiced our storytelling skills and learned some new… Read more »