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May 20, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

As the Nature Preschool’s year comes to a close the classes are revisiting all of their favorite things! Throughout the year, the children form connections to the people, places and things at Irvine. They often ask to hike to a favorite spot or somewhere we recently spotted wildlife. We re-read the same stories over and over upon request… Read more »

The Best Nest

March 4, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Nature Preschool learned all about nesting this week! What animals are creating nests right now? What do they use them for? Where can we find them? Outside the children were on the lookout for nests, burrows and lairs. We spotted squirrel nests high in the tree tops, found chipmunk and vole burrows, and even spotted… 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 »

Harvest & Hayrides

October 24, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool at Irvine had a week full of fall fun! We explored the autumn harvest with pumpkins, gourds and apples! Mr. Brooks, Executive Director of Irvine Nature Center, showed the classes how to use the cider press to make apple cider! We took pumpkins and gourds to the meadow, went on harvest hunts… Read more »