Oh My Gourd, it’s a Creature of the Night!

October 27, 2016 - Forest Dreamers

  Happy late October! As this month wraps up, the Forest Dreamers have been feeling the inspirations of the season! We got up close and personal with some pumpkins, gourds, night dwelling animals and crispy fall leaves! On Tuesday, our imaginations created a ‘forest stew’ containing all of the strangest and yuckiest things we could think of!… Read more »

Nature’s Sweet Sounds

September 30, 2016 - Forest Dreamers

We Forest Dreamers love action, excitement and adventure! Last week we started taking closer looks at the native and non native plants of Irvine. This week, we took a closer listen to the forest. We took a silent walk down the trails-but don’t think we weren’t communicating… we used different ways of ‘talking’ other than our voices! We… Read more »

Late Summer Treasures

September 23, 2016 - Preschool Weekly

From muddy puddles to clear blue skies, it has been a gorgeous week in the Nature Preschool!  Late summer treasures were the favorite topic of the preschool classes- the preschoolers took to the trails, collecting seeds and leaves in their pails. As we prepare to say goodbye to summer, we welcome fall with open arms. Preschoolers continue to… Read more »

Ready for Rainbows!

May 13, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Nature Preschool had a lovely week discovering the colors of spring! We focused on rainbows, light and color. The spring scene at Irvine is mostly green. Luckily the nature preschoolers have expert “owl eyes” and spotted red leaves, orange clay, yellow dandelions, blueish earthworms and purple violets. Our week was full of overcast, damp days;… Read more »

Wet, Wild and Wormy

May 6, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The weather this week as reminded Nature Preschool how important rain is to transform the spring forest! There is so much green to be seen! Spice bush leaves are speckled with raindrops as they limit our sight through the emerging brush. With rain, comes mud and worms, two of Nature Preschool’s favorite things! This week… Read more »

Welcome Winter

December 24, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Winter is officially here! Well, according to the calendar anyway. The Nature Preschoolers opened their senses to the subtle signs of winter all around! We spotted bare branches, identified birds in the bird blind and noticed the changes to the stream. The rain provided some of the very best sensory play! We made mud pies,… Read more »

Seeds & Fungus, In Fall, Among Us

October 4, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Fall is here and the Nature Preschool at Irvine is eager to explore the beginning signs of our new season! What do you think can be found in nature during fall? In our classrooms we introduced some clues. Crunchy leaves, hickory nuts and dried cornstalks were added to our discovery tables! We added feathers, acorns… Read more »