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Fun Favorites

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 »

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 »

Spring Celebrations

April 17, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Nature Preschool celebrated The Week of the Young Child! Each day had its own unique theme: Music Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and Freestyle Friday! Out on the trails we saw blooming flowers, butterflies and sunny spring skies! We ended our week long celebration in song at our annual Spring Sing. Friday evening families… Read more »

Earth Heroes

March 18, 2016 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

Nature Preschool is feeling powerful! The children love super powers and heroes. So this week, they were especially excited to discover that creatures in nature all have powers that make them special. They are called adaptations. We brainstormed about different kinds of powers and then thought about which animals have might have them. Which animals can fly?… Read more »

Everything Spring!

May 1, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The last two weeks The Nature Preschool at Irvine has celebrated spring! For Earth day we visited Pearlstone Farm! We planted our seedlings we stared here at Irvine, saw baby goats and chickens! We read the Lorax and planted trees on our property as well! Colors of spring are popping up everywhere! Especially in our… Read more »

Birds & Blooms in Spring

May 17, 2014 - Preschool Weekly

Just what do nature preschoolers do in Spring? Here’s what emerged this week as we discovered habits of birds in spring: making a nests out of cat tail fluff making binoculars with toilet paper rolls (it never gets old!) finding “wormies” creating worm homes in mud puddles exploring the wetlands and making mazes through the… 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 »

Water Worlds

May 18, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We drip with learning as we explore aquatic habitats! The wetlands, stream, and vernal pools are our playground! (Okay, not really – we try very hard not to harm any creatures!) We examine life in wet places and find toads, green frogs, tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, crayfish…and well, you get the picture! We practice letter “Ww”… Read more »