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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 »

Animals In The Night

November 7, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool at Irvine explored all things night! What are animals doing in the night? Which are sleeping and which are active? We turned off the lights in our classroom and had imagination stations in the dark! We used lanterns and flashlights to build,  read stories, create art projects and put on puppet shows!… Read more »

Playin’ Possum

November 16, 2013 - Preschool Weekly

As the autumn sunlight dwindles, we turn our thoughts to the night. Students explore how nocturnal animals are adpated to life under the cover of darkness. The resident opossum made a guest appearance in our classroom, too! We held our annual fall harvest campfire to celebrate the season and put our own senses to the test during a moonlit… Read more »

Hoot and Howl

January 20, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We learned about owls that hoot in the night. Favorite Activities: We loved meeting the barred owl with Miss Laura and learning about how it uses its call in the night. The feather guessing jar was a fun way to count and measure, too. We loved doing print-making to create an owl with patterned wings. We… Read more »

If I Were a Bat…

January 13, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We learned about mammals, especially bats! Favorite Activities: We loved comparing bat taxidermy to a blue jay to discover the differences between the two. We were able to make some unusual predictions as we read Stella Luna by Jannel Cannon. Cutting our bat ears and wings was a highlight! Of course, we… Read more »

Starry Night Magic

October 22, 2011 - Family Events & Outings, Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We learned about the magic of moonlit nights when nocturnal animals are on the prowl. And to top it off, we had our field trip to the pumpkin patch! (Perhaps some of those pumpkins will become jack-o-lanterns to make the night glow?) Favorite Activities: We discovered the many shapes a moon can… Read more »