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Art & Science of the Land: Week 11

December 3, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

11/27/2018 It was a cold day today with temperatures barely getting out of the 30s.  Despite the cold we hiked down to the Gazebo where we had snack and shared any exciting events since last class.  We hadn’t been in class for two weeks as we celebrated Thanksgiving so everyone had a lot to share. … Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 10

November 29, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

11/13/2018 Fall semester for homeschool is winding down with only a couple weeks left.  Today we learned about our third and last nature artist for Fall, Nancy Holt.  Holt’s vision was to allow people the opportunity to observe amazing features of the natural world, such as stars, solstices and vivid geographic locations using her art… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 4

October 8, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/2/2018 Today we explored more of the science aspect of our class, learning more about the life cycle of the milkweed plant, experimenting with water flow by building a dam, and doing water tests to determine the health of the stream we were playing in.  Last week we learned about the land artist Ashley Kidner… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 3

October 1, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

9/25/2018 Today we learned about our first land artist, Ashley Kidner, a local Baltimore land artist.  Before learning more about Ashley Kidner and his work, we opened our journals and reviewed our Nature Achievements.  We got to add our first sticker to our list of thirteen achievements from last week where we learned about the… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 1

September 25, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

9/11/2018 Welcome to our Fall session of Art & Science of the Land, where we learn more about land artists, create art installations out of natural materials, and spark our own curiosity and explore our connection to the land.  Before we learn about how others have expressed their love of nature by creating works of… Read more »

Biomimicry: Campfires and Celebration

June 6, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Week 12 – 5/29/2018 Today was the long awaited individual campfires day.  So far this semester the weather hasn’t been on our side for campfires, it’s either been too cold, too windy, too rainy or way too hot.  Today was pretty warm but we hoped the clouds would keep us cool long enough to practice… Read more »

Biomimicry: Animal Water Adaptations

May 8, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/1/2018 Today the weather was hot, the sun was blazing and there was barely a cloud in the sky.  On such a hot day a lot of us were thinking about water.  We reviewed what we learned last week by going over the three components of a wetland (water, hydric soil and hydrophilic plants) and… 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: Birds and Flight Part 2

April 5, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

4/3/2018 Spring has arrived and with Spring come the birds!  Last class we learned about why people study and watch birds, how to identify birds and also how to sketch birds.  We also got to build really cool paper airplanes of various designs and test them in the field!  This week was all about bird… Read more »