Biomimicry: Animal Water Adaptations

May 8, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/1/2018 Today the weather was hot, the sun was blazing and there was barely a cloud in the sky.  On such a hot day a lot of us were thinking about water.  We reviewed what we learned last week by going over the three components of a wetland (water, hydric soil and hydrophilic plants) and… Read more »

Biomimicry: Windmills, a Hedgehog and a Campfire

December 16, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Week 12: 12/5/2017 This semester has been about discovering inventions, technologies and other innovations that have been inspired by nature, whether that be plants, animals or even weather and other natural phenomenon.  Today we got to make our own windmills because we were talking about how wind turbines have been redesigned to be more efficient… Read more »

Biomimicry: Walk on Water with Water Tension

October 3, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Today was our third Biomimicry class and we had a blast exploring the ponds, finding frogs and doing a really fun experiment with water and pennies.  We started our class as we start all our classes, with an afternoon circle to share any highlights of the last week and to go over the plans for… 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 Has Sprung!

April 17, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool at Irvine couldn’t be more excited about the arrival of Spring! We have welcomed the warm showers and soaked up the spring sunshine with open arms! What kind of changes do you notice when we enter this new season? The changes in spring have been a huge part of our lessons the… Read more »

Make Way for Frogs

March 22, 2013 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We discovered traits and habits of amphibians – namely frogs! Favorite Activities: From frog puppets to frog skeletons we learned all about their amazing adaptations. We also disovered their transformation from egg to tadpole, froglet then frog (metamorphosis) and did a breathing experiment with a tadpole. (No animals got hurt in this experiment!) We searched the… Read more »

Make Way for Frogs

April 13, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We tromped through the forest and wetland in search of wiggly tadpoles and hippity hoppity frogs. We were lucky enough to spot several tadpoles during our travels! We listened to various frog calls and learned more about the resident wood frog tadpoles we are raising in the classroom. We played ZAP to… Read more »