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Art and Science of the Land: First Week of Spring

March 4, 2019 - Earth Friends, Preschool

2/26/2019 Welcome back to Irvine for our Spring semester of Earth Friends Homechool!  This semester we are continuing on the theme we started in Fall, learning about how artists are inspired by the art and science of the land to create land art.  Sometimes this land art is small, sometimes it’s on a large, permanent… 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 2

September 25, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Today was all about monarch butterflies, their life history, amazing beauty and crazy cool characteristics.  We started the day by meeting our three new friends who couldn’t join us for our first class.  It was a great opportunity to share a favorite memory from the weekend and go over our intentions and guidelines one more… 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: A Day of Color

May 14, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/8/2018 Today was our last class before Mother’s Day so we hoped to surprise our moms with origami flowers.  We made two different types of flowers, starting with the more complicated one.  This was a craft we had hoped to do a few weeks back when learning about how leaves fit into buds but we… 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 »

You Are The Apple Of My Eye

October 28, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh and Honey Crisp, Braeburn, Gala, Fuji too, apples are so good for you! Which apple is your favorite? There are so many to choose from! What do you like to make with apples? The Nature Preschool loves apples of every kind, and not just for eating. Check out how we… Read more »

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 »