Harvest Moon

October 27, 2017 - Preschool News

The Harvest Moon By Rose Brusaferro “For the child… it is not half so important to know as to feel.” – Rachel Carson We used September to get settled in; Fireflies, Ferns, Luna Moths, Mayapples, Wooly Bears, and Snails are now inaugurated into a close-knit Nature Preschool family. We’ve played away the jitters of starting… Read more »

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 »

Trees Please!

February 24, 2017 - Preschool

I was gifted a special book during the holiday season by Miss Meghan, teacher in the Bees, Dragonflies and Beetles classes. The book she gave me is called Teaching The Trees. It was written by Meghan’s college professor, Joan Maloof. Joan teaches biology and environmental studies at Salisbury University. She shares many interesting and exciting… 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 »

Hello Nature, Hello Friends

September 9, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Nature Preschool is back in session. It has been a magical week full of old friends, new faces, and discovering nature! This year the classes are different insects. We have the Bees, Crickets, Spiders, Dragonflies, Butterflies and Beetles. Each class spent time transitioning into new routines, hiking the trails and exploring the outdoor classroom! Outdoor… Read more »

Week One, Fun In The Sun

September 11, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

School is back in session! The familiar sounds of scurrying preschool feet, sweet song tunes and bursting laughter have returned to Irvine Nature Center! This week the children spent time getting to know their teachers, their classroom and each other! During imagination stations we played with playdough, puzzles, mailed letters in the writing centers, and… Read more »

Musical Nature

November 30, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: Music is all around! We listened to and created all kinds of wonderful music! Favorite Activities: We loved making instruments like tambourines and kazoos from recycled materials. We also enjoyed performing with Miss Jen thanks to her sharing an oboe, Tibetan singing bowl, and mandolin. We made joyful sounds by clapping and singing, too!… Read more »

Blankets of Leaves

November 10, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: A chill is in the air whispering winter will be here soon, but we continue to marvel at autumn leaves. Favorite Activities: Ever painted with a pine needle paint brush? Or pretended to sway like a tree dropping leaves? Have you played “scratch and sniff” with tree bark? Or examined what’s hiding… Read more »

Autumn Trees, Blankets of Leaves

November 6, 2011 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: The letter “Ll” led the way as we learned all about leaves. Favorite Activities: We loved reading Leaf Man by Lois Elhert and creating our own leaf people along the trail. We created beautiful watercolor leaves, lanterns, and a class wreath. We predicted how many leaves were in our guessing jar and… Read more »