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Nature Integrated Preschool

Ages 3 - 5

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    July 9, 2021

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! May 17 – May 25

Great bug-finding day! Johanna turned over a log and found 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! May 10 – May 14

Max photo bombing my plant picture!MAGNET MAGIC! WHAT STICKS? WHAT 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! May 3 – May 7

Bubble Day! We made bubble solution, bubble wands, and we 

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

Explorers waiting for the big wind to see if it’ll 

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

Kindness! This heart was made for a girl who visited 

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

The Imagineers created their very own ice cream treat on 

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

This week, the Explorers were learning about rain and about 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Mar. 29 – Apr. 1

Listen closely and you can hear wolves howling in the 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Mar. 15 – Mar. 19

Alex learning to hula hoop while Jude and Johanna practicing 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Mar. 8 – Mar. 12

Dr. Seuss fun by reading CAT IN THE HAT and 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Mar. 1 – Mar. 4

First hike of the year! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.87/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/hikevid.mp4 "I've Got Wacky Spring 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Feb. 22 – Feb. 26

This week, we had some good snowman-making and freeze-frame snapping 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Feb. 15 – Feb. 19

Science Experiment! Do bubbles freeze when it’s cold out? It’s 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Feb. 8 – Feb. 12

V.A.L.E.N.T.I.N.E with Mrs. Puetz! Imagineers had an amazing Valentine's party 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Feb. 1 – Feb. 5

Crazy Thursday! In the video, I was exercising my ability 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Jan. 25 – Jan. 29

Need some repair work done? Dylan and Max are on 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Jan. 18 – Jan. 22

"Do you want to build a snowman?!" Music and Winter 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Happy 4th Birthday Max! A little help... In the spirit 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Jan. 5 – Jan. 8

ALL ABOARD! Here come the Explorers pulling into the station 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Dec. 7 – Dec. 11

The Explorers worked as a team and put the train 

Explorers’ and Imagineers’ Highlights! Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Doing Science experiments for color with skittles. The Imagineers were 

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

Working with pattern blocks encourages building, designs, sorting, colors...innovation!Monday, the 

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

Explorers' Monday! Today, the Explorers read the story The Little 

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

The Crow! The Explorers had a great Monday! We read 

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

Live performance! The Explorers got to see a live band 

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

This Monday let our Explorers see the first snow fall 

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

Leaf hunts, marigolds, and gravel playground fun!Picture Day!Music with Mrs. 

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

Explorer happenings!Music with Mrs. Puetz: Seen any BATS lately? https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.87/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/sue-2.mp4 

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

What a fun week! The Explorers started the week with 

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

Bug Week! The first day of Bug Week took us 

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

Happy Monday! Monday, we celebrated Alex’s 4th birthday! I don’t 

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

After some deliberation, we've all decided on names for the 

Sprouts’ Accounts! May 25 – May 29

Summer Reading with Miss Jacque! See the flyer to join 

Sprouts’ Accounts! May 18 – May 22

Less-Mess Monday: making a flower! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.87/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/10000000_700830047402506_2700329238382081243_n.mp4 Wednesday morning calendar and 

Sprouts’ Accounts! May 11 – May 15

Families! We've had some of you express interest in hosting 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 27 – May 1

Happy Monday with Ms. Shelley! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.87/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_618059915718417_7197376961672095717_n.mp4 Pots and Pans Band 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 20 – Apr. 24

Messy Monday! Making raindrops and sunshine with coffee filters or 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 13 – Apr. 17

Starting your week with Princess Shelley! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.87/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_224613118603857_1111132803819544891_n.mp4 Monday's group Zoom 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 6 – Apr. 9

Monday morning calendar, weather, and story time! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.87/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10000000_505204036809049_7070421399065166457_n.mp4 Make-a-Dinosaur with 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Mar. 30 – Apr. 3

Need some new books to read? Books will be delivered 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Mar. 23 – Mar. 27

E-Learning pictures of our Sprouts!Calendar and Story Time with Ms. 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Mar. 9 – Mar. 13

A Spectrum Tradition: singing the Leprechaun Song when the calendar 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Mar. 2 – Mar. 6

FYI for families who are not here on Tuesdays: Spring 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Feb. 24 – Feb. 28

Nature Preschool.....in nature!It was too cold to get outside, so 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Feb. 18 – Feb. 20

The Sprouts had a great time during Career Day!Here comes 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Jan. 27 – Jan. 31

Bubble Maker! We are adding bubbles to our sensory table! 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Jan. 21 – Jan. 24

Sprouts in the Wild!This Week in Preschool!You know, just checking 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Please take a moment and click here to sign up 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Jan. 6 – Jan. 10

This was a great first week back with our friends! 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Dec. 16 – Dec. 20

Holiday Socks! Christmas...a little early! This year for Christmas, Miss 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Dec. 9 – Dec. 13

We got to watch the prairie burn from the safety 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

This week in Preschool... Our new poem is Jack Be 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Nov. 18 – Nov. 22

This week in Preschool...The Turkey Song! Ask your little learner 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Nov. 4 – Nov. 8

NAILED IT!Preschoolers Preschoolin'!That wraps up another great week in the 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Re-purposing! One of my favorite outcomes of our day. The 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Oct. 14 – Oct. 18

Stemming from the content we covered this week, feel free 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

Runaway Pumpkin! In small groups, we read the “Runaway Pumpkin." 

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

Enjoy these pictures from our amazing field trip to Valley 

Preschool: Sept. 23 – Sept. 27

Notes & Reminders: Pickup Times: Morning pickup time is 11:30am. 

Preschool: Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Our PTO has asked each classroom to create a basket 

Preschool: Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

Sign Language Songs! We learned two songs that we will 

Preschool: Sept. 3 – Sept. 6

WELCOME! If you are not receiving emails from "preschool@spectrumschool.org" please 

Wildthings’ Adventures: May 20 – May 24

Dissecting... ...owl pellets! It was super fun...except the one that 

Wildthings’ Adventures: May 13 – May 17

Wildthings...in the wild! As always, feel free to email us 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.29 – May.3

Click the link below to sign up for a time 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Birds The Wildthings were reading a bird book while looking 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.15 – Apr.19

Afternoon Hike! On Monday afternoon's hike, we found a few 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.8 – Apr.12

This Week in Preschool, the Wildthings... Learned about Earth and 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Apr.1 – Apr.5

We had a wonderful time at our field trip to 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Mar.11 – Mar.15

Monday On Monday, we painted the background for the solar 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Mar.4 – Mar.8

There is lots of sickness going around again! Thank you 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Feb.25 – Mar.1

The Moon This week we started our discussion on the 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Feb.11 – Feb.15

Building & Crossing Bridges! Diana crossing the bridge. This has 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Feb.4 – Feb.8

Kindness Month Our Wildthings are shown decorating their new Kindness 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Jan.21 – Jan.25

Best Children's Books about Kindness I thought I would share 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time... It’s 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Jan.8 – Jan.11

2019: LET'S DO IT! Nature School: Don’t forget all of 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Christmas Character Day! We are so pleased that everyone 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Dec.10 – Dec.14

Fun week with the Wildthings!Monday Funday Today was such a 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December! Wildthings' Notes: I’m so proud of our wild 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November! Nature school students need to make sure 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Wildthings Stayed VERY Busy This Week!Wonder Wall This week we 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Wildthings' Adventures: Nov.5 - Nov.9 Complete and turn in the 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Oct.22 – Oct.26

After working hard in the classroom all week, Severson Dells 

Wildthings’ Adventures: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Check out this glimpse of Nature Preschool (the Wildthings) in 

Supply List & Resources

Resources

Supply List

Parent-Provided Supplies

Please label everything with your child’s name.

1-24 count of crayons

1-10 count box of Crayola washable markers

1-blunt pair kids scissors

1-8 count glue sticks

2-4oz bottles of liquid school glue

1-Crayola watercolor set

1-smock/old t-shirt (large to cover clothing)

3-rolls of scotch tape

1-package baby wipes

1-pair of rain boots

1-5×7 summer picture of your child

1-package of printer paper

2-rolls of masking tape

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

2-rolls of paper towels

1-resuable water bottle w/ child’s name

1-rain boots (fall/spring)

1-extra set of clothes (shirt, pants, socks, underwear, clean/dry shoes for indoors)

1-gift for the birthday box. Please bring a wrapped gift under $3.

*All-day students only

Napping/resting pillow and blanket in an 11in fabric cube labeled with their name.