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Nature Integrated Preschool

Ages 3 - 5

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    October 22, 2020

Description

Children by nature are kinesthetic learners; this program gives them hands-on opportunities to learn and explore in an environment that stimulates the mind and body.  The children in this class will be developing empathy through teamwork, confidence, and self-esteem as they work together solving problems and exploring their environment.

Research finds that children are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self-belief, confidence , learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication, problem solving skills, and emotional well-being.

What to Expect

We value taking the students’ lead and use their interests as ‘teachable moments;’ having choice keeps students engaged and focused.

We will maintain a flexible schedule, with a predictable flow of daily activities to ensure a trusting learning environment is offered.

Arrival:  Your child will be greeted by a teacher and guided to an area where small activities are available for exploration.

Large Group Activity:  Movement, stories, songs, team games, collaborative art projects

Discovery Time:   Exploring and using the senses to connect with the physical world around us.  Literacy, math, and science will be incorporated through classifying, sorting, counting, problem-solving, investigating, measuring, answering open-ended questions, observing, and hypothesizing.

Inside the Classroom

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Nov. 16 – Nov. 20

Working with pattern blocks encourages building, designs, sorting, colors...innovation!Monday, the Explorers celebrated Sully’s 5th birthday! Making turkey centerpieces for the 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Nov. 9 – Nov. 13

Explorers' Monday! Today, the Explorers read the story The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown and made some pretty 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Nov. 2 – Nov. 6

The Crow! The Explorers had a great Monday! We read the story The Crow (A Not So Scary Story) by 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

Live performance! The Explorers got to see a live band performance this morning. The band was amazing and the kids 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Oct. 19 – Oct. 23

This Monday let our Explorers see the first snow fall of the school year!Mrs. Puetz' 5 Little Jack-o-Lanterns inspired us 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Oct. 12 – Oct. 16

Leaf hunts, marigolds, and gravel playground fun!Picture Day!Music with Mrs. Puetz: I'm a little ghost, I say BOO! Explorers discovering 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Oct. 5 – Oct. 9

Explorer happenings!Music with Mrs. Puetz: Seen any BATS lately? https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/sue-2.mp4 Thanks for sending in your photos from your Kids in 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

What a fun week! The Explorers started the week with golf ball painting which created some really neat designs! Some 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Sept. 21 – Sept. 25

Bug Week! The first day of Bug Week took us outdoors on a scavenger hunt where we found lots of 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Sept. 14 – Sept. 18

Happy Monday! Monday, we celebrated Alex’s 4th birthday! I don’t think I’ve introduced Scooby Doo. He’s our puppet (named by 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Sept. 8 – Sept. 10

After some deliberation, we've all decided on names for the 2 Preschool cohorts! Ms. Shelley's cohort will be the Explorers, 

Sprouts’ Accounts! May 25 – May 29

Summer Reading with Miss Jacque! See the flyer to join Miss Jacque during her weekly Zoom picture book read-alouds AND 

Sprouts’ Accounts! May 18 – May 22

Less-Mess Monday: making a flower! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/10000000_700830047402506_2700329238382081243_n.mp4 Wednesday morning calendar and read-aloud with Ms. Tricia! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/10000000_685252512286959_1058296305904263943_n.mp4 Let’s review our ASL feeling 

Sprouts’ Accounts! May 11 – May 15

Families! We've had some of you express interest in hosting a Zoom call for students, and want to offer anyone 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 27 – May 1

Happy Monday with Ms. Shelley! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_618059915718417_7197376961672095717_n.mp4 Pots and Pans Band with Mrs. Puetz! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_229029485210345_272688839422640128_n-1.mp4 The little Sprouts taught me how 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 20 – Apr. 24

Messy Monday! Making raindrops and sunshine with coffee filters or paper towels, markers, paintbrush (can use fingers) and water. You 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 13 – Apr. 17

Starting your week with Princess Shelley! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_224613118603857_1111132803819544891_n.mp4 Monday's group Zoom meeting! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_1124637924557035_7229668473117343744_n.mp4 Messy Monday Easter Egg Geodes! I will be 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 6 – Apr. 9

Monday morning calendar, weather, and story time! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_505204036809049_7070421399065166457_n.mp4 Make-a-Dinosaur with Ms. Shelley and Ben's impressive attempt! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_126009102339630_3349394067238258708_n.mp4 TADPOLES! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_706044953471392_5079370137450007961_n.mp4 Music 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Mar. 30 – Apr. 3

Need some new books to read? Books will be delivered to your home AND our class will still earn points 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Mar. 23 – Mar. 27

E-Learning pictures of our Sprouts!Calendar and Story Time with Ms. Tricia! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/10000000_1511429982371128_3504458510299885202_n.mp4 Alphardy by Dr. Jean! Here is a letters-signing 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Mar. 9 – Mar. 13

A Spectrum Tradition: singing the Leprechaun Song when the calendar hits March!Story Time!Some Sprouts' activities in the final days before 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Mar. 2 – Mar. 6

FYI for families who are not here on Tuesdays: Spring pictures are Tuesday March 10th from 11:00am-12:30pm! This Week in 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Feb. 24 – Feb. 28

Nature Preschool.....in nature!It was too cold to get outside, so we brought the outside in!"Once you pop, you can't stop!"Art!Shelley 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Feb. 18 – Feb. 20

The Sprouts had a great time during Career Day!Here comes the PRESCHOOL TRAIN!!! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/87449993_2731548240259514_5812846018722529280_n.mp4 Preschoolers...preschoolin'!We are excited with the newest 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Jan. 27 – Jan. 31

Bubble Maker! We are adding bubbles to our sensory table! Please send a clean empty plastic water bottle with the 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Jan. 21 – Jan. 24

Sprouts in the Wild!This Week in Preschool!You know, just checking our maps on our ice tablets to follow the map 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Please take a moment and click here to sign up for a Parent-Teacher Conference. Most of the slots are on 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Jan. 6 – Jan. 10

This was a great first week back with our friends! A few things: DON’T FORGET WINTER GEAR. We try to 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Dec. 16 – Dec. 20

Holiday Socks! Christmas...a little early! This year for Christmas, Miss Shelley and I were given a very generous gift from 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Dec. 9 – Dec. 13

We got to watch the prairie burn from the safety of our own classroom!Ben made a star for our tree! 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

This week in Preschool... Our new poem is Jack Be Nimble. Our books of the week were Three Billy Goats 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Nov. 18 – Nov. 22

This week in Preschool...The Turkey Song! Ask your little learner about the turkey song. What is the only word the 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Nov. 4 – Nov. 8

NAILED IT!Preschoolers Preschoolin'!That wraps up another great week in the Sprouts' Accounts! As always, feel free to email us with 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Re-purposing! One of my favorite outcomes of our day. The kids had about 45 mins this afternoon to create something 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Oct. 14 – Oct. 18

Stemming from the content we covered this week, feel free to ask your little learner: What was Fletcher the Fox 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

Runaway Pumpkin! In small groups, we read the “Runaway Pumpkin." After reading the book, students were paired up and challenged 

Introducing: The Preschool Sprouts! Sept. 30 – Oct. 3

Enjoy these pictures from our amazing field trip to Valley Orchard!Meeting some tiny new friends in Nature!Music Class!Architect-ing 101!Sprouts...Sprouting! As 

Preschool: Sept. 23 – Sept. 27

Notes & Reminders: Pickup Times: Morning pickup time is 11:30am. Afternoon pickup time is from 3:00pm - 3:10pm. Family Envelopes: 

Preschool: Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Our PTO has asked each classroom to create a basket to donate for the fall festival raffle. If you would 

Preschool: Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

Sign Language Songs! We learned two songs that we will do every time we arrive/leave Sign Language class. This will 

Preschool: Sept. 3 – Sept. 6

WELCOME! If you are not receiving emails from "preschool@spectrumschool.org" please let us know so we can add you. It's Intake 

Wildthings’ Adventures: May 20 – May 24

Dissecting... ...owl pellets! It was super fun...except the one that smelled bad and made me a tad nauseous... Last Day 

Wildthings’ Adventures: May 13 – May 17

Wildthings...in the wild! As always, feel free to email us with any questions, concerns, or even requests for this newsletter! 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.29 – May.3

Click the link below to sign up for a time slot for your May 10th Parent-Teacher Conference! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ca4a929aaff2-endofyear2 Our solar 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Birds The Wildthings were reading a bird book while looking for birds. They read in the book that they could 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.15 – Apr.19

Afternoon Hike! On Monday afternoon's hike, we found a few signs of Spring, as well as a few treasures to 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.8 – Apr.12

This Week in Preschool, the Wildthings... Learned about Earth and Mars Practiced number order Practiced cutting circles Practiced pattern making 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.1 – Apr.5

We had a wonderful time at our field trip to Angelic Organics. Hope you enjoy the photos of all the 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Mar.11 – Mar.15

Monday On Monday, we painted the background for the solar system mural we will be making. After lunch, we went 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Mar.4 – Mar.8

There is lots of sickness going around again! Thank you for helping us stay well by keeping your babies home 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Feb.25 – Mar.1

The Moon This week we started our discussion on the moon. We started out with one question: “What do you 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Feb.11 – Feb.15

Building & Crossing Bridges! Diana crossing the bridge. This has been an ongoing activity for weeks that has changed many 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Feb.4 – Feb.8

Kindness Month Our Wildthings are shown decorating their new Kindness journals in preparation for Kindness Month. We defined Kindness, gave 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Jan.21 – Jan.25

Best Children's Books about Kindness I thought I would share this list. I am hoping to build up our library 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time... It’s Parent-Teacher Conference time! Please take a moment to sign up 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Jan.8 – Jan.11

2019: LET'S DO IT! Nature School: Don’t forget all of your winter gear! Boots, snow pants, gloves, hats, thermals, etc... 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Christmas Character Day! We are so pleased that everyone dressed up today! Santa, his elves, and Rudolph! Ugly Sweater 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Dec.10 – Dec.14

Fun week with the Wildthings!Monday Funday Today was such a beautiful day. We had a great discussion about the frost/frozen 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December! Wildthings' Notes: I’m so proud of our wild things! Almost every student brought in coins for donation. It 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November! Nature school students need to make sure they have ALL of their snow gear, tis the season! 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Wildthings Stayed VERY Busy This Week!Wonder Wall This week we are continuing our kids in science theme as we are 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Wildthings' Adventures: Nov.5 - Nov.9 Complete and turn in the permission slips for Rosie Revere, Engineer at the Coronado Theatre as soon 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Oct.22 – Oct.26

After working hard in the classroom all week, Severson Dells was a great end-of-the-week experience! A few housekeeping reminders:   

Wildthings’ Adventures: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Check out this glimpse of Nature Preschool (the Wildthings) in action the last few weeks, doing what they do best: 

Supply List & Resources

Resources

Supply List

Parent-Provided Supplies

Please label everything with your child’s name.

1-clear plastic shoe bin to hold all of their supplies

1-24 count of crayons

1-10 count box of Crayola washable markers (broad line)

1-blunt pair kids scissors

6-Elmers glue sticks

2-bottles of Elmer’s liquid school glue

1-8 count Crayola watercolor paints with brush

1-8oz bottle of hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or higher)

2-rolls of paper towels

1-resuable water bottle

1-rain boots (fall/spring)

2-sets of extra clothes in gallon sized zip lock bags labeled with their name) Socks, pants, shirt, underwear

1-pair of clean shoes to keep at school to change into for indoor use only

Extra masks in a ziplock bag labeled with their name

*All day students only

Small pillow and blanket in an 11in fabric cube labeled with their name. 

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