Autumn at the Farm

October 5, 2014 - Preschool Weekly

Nature’s bounty was on display this week as we visited the Pearlstone Retreat Center and farm. From harvesting potatoes to discovering how goats are milked, the children experienced what fall is like on a farm. The children continued their investigations of seeds and fall food through play with wheat dough and acorns, while some classes made… Read more »

The Nature Preschool is NAEYC Accredited!

July 7, 2014 - Preschool News

It is a daunting task to justify the value of nature-based learning despite the enormous body of research to substantiate it. When stacked up against other early childhood education (ECE) programs, how does nature-based learning measure up? Is it really as valuable as other ECE programs? Challenging Educational Norms |  Since establishing The Nature Preschool… Read more »

Rainbow Gardens

April 5, 2014 - Preschool Weekly

Fuzzy chicks, mud puddles, and tiny seeds were the name of the game this week. Colorful signs of spring were explored through rainbow collaged books, plant-based dye-making (think raspberries making vibrant pink dye), and dyed rice rainbows. We began all kinds of seedlings (peppers, squash, arugula, tomatoes) in the greenhouse and in the cold frame.… Read more »

Grateful Hearts

November 27, 2013 - Preschool Weekly

It was a short week with the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holidays, but we still took time to express our gratitude for each other and the natural community. Children wrote and dictated things they are grateful for onto wallpaper hearts and hung them on our tree of thanks. We also made bird feeders outside using apples,… 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 »

Grateful Hearts

November 16, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

[slideshow] This Week’s Adventures: We celebrated American Education Week by inviting parents out to be our Trail Buddies! We learned about being kind and reflected on ways to show gratitude. Favorite Activities: We loved sewing heart pillows and piling pillow cases full of leaves for our sit-upons. We wrote “Kk” for kindness and shared things we do to… Read more »