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Biomimicry: Chlorophyll Art and Beehives

October 9, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017 Where do leaves get their color?  Why do they change color in the fall?  What is chlorophyll and what does it do for a leaf?  Those are some of the questions we asked at the beginning of class today.  We also did a really fun art experiment using leaves in order… Read more »

Oh My Gourd, it’s a Creature of the Night!

October 27, 2016 - Forest Dreamers

  Happy late October! As this month wraps up, the Forest Dreamers have been feeling the inspirations of the season! We got up close and personal with some pumpkins, gourds, night dwelling animals and crispy fall leaves! On Tuesday, our imaginations created a ‘forest stew’ containing all of the strangest and yuckiest things we could think of!… 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 »

Invigorating the Senses!

October 8, 2016 - Forest Dreamers

    Our week has been a memorable one! From fungus to fire, we have been heightening our senses and becoming even more aware of our forest and meadow surroundings. On Tuesday, we had a great time molding the river clay we collected last week into different shapes. Sadly, it was too muddy and soupy… 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 »

Sticks and Stories

September 16, 2016 -

A new week and many new discoveries for the Forest Dreamers! Our week really focused on storytelling. It was a BIG hit with our class! We discussed our own unique, special gifts that each one of us possesses and heard folk stories regarding this theme. Miss Paula told an old folk story about a team… Read more »

Forest Dreamers Spotted Exploring Trails

September 8, 2016 - Preschool

  News Flash!!! There is a new program in town! The Forest Dreamers Program is Irvine’s new all outdoor immersion program! Forest Dreamers were spotted on the trails of Irvine’s property this past Tuesday and Thursday morning singing, building, racing, climbing and learning all about the great outdoors! How to spot a Forest Dreamer: 1.) Forest… 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 »

Welcome Fall!

September 25, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Cool breezes, falling leaves and the sound of nuts plopping from the trees are all around at The Nature Preschool at Irvine! We welcome fall with open arms! The children have been using their “observing scopes” to spot some signs of fall! We have seen scurrying chipmunks eagerly collecting nuts! The children took a cue… Read more »