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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future

Nature Integrated Preschool

Ages 3 - 5

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    September 14, 2023


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

Preschool Highlights! May 13 – May 17

Making Music with Miss Sue!Dump trucks, sand castles, and teamwork 

Preschool Highlights! May 6 – May 10

Happy 4th Birthday, Declan!Miss Shawnna got to enjoy lunch with 

Preschool Highlights! April 29 – May 3

After we listened to The Best Nest, we made nests 

Preschool Highlights! Apr. 22 – Apr. 26

Earth! We celebrated our earth this week in preschool with 

Preschool Highlights! Apr. 15 – Apr. 19

Checking out the prairie! Ask your preschooler what happened to 

Preschool Highlights! Apr. 8 – Apr. 12

It’s worm weather! This week, we made mud together. We 

Preschool Highlights! Apr. 1 – Apr. 5

This week, we had a lot of working together, but 

Preschool Highlights! Mar. 18 – Mar. 22

Spring is Here! We saw some signs that Spring is 

Preschool Highlights! Mar. 11 – Mar. 15

The Mermaid! On Monday, we read the story The Mermaid 

Preschool Highlights! Mar. 4 – Mar. 8

Happy 4th Birthday Lucas! On Monday, we read Dragons Love 

Preschool Highlights! Feb. 26 – Mar. 1

Teeth! Graphing and counting teeth in Preschool. How many teeth 

Preschool Highlights! Feb. 20 – Feb. 23

Inventors! This week in Preschool, we talked about Inventors. On 

Preschool Highlights! Feb. 12 – Feb. 16

The perfect afternoon for a winter time hike! We made 

Preschool Highlights! Jan. 29 – Feb. 2

Annie and the Wild Animals! This week, we read Annie 

Preschool Highlights! Jan. 22 – Jan. 26

Snow Play Dough! On Monday, we made snow play dough! 

Preschool Highlights! Jan. 16 – Jan. 19

Exploring different instruments and the sounds they make with Miss 

Preschool Highlights! Dec. 18 – Dec. 22

Cuties in Christmas socks! Some crazy hair and hats this 

Preschool Highlights! Dec. 11 – Dec. 15

We celebrated Linden’s 5th birthday...Happy Birthday Linden!Preschool making (and snacking 

Preschool Highlights! Dec. 4 – Dec. 8

Candy Canes! This week in Preschool was all about candy 

Preschool Highlights! Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Bird Feeders! On Monday, we made bird feeders and today 

Preschool Highlights! Nov. 13 – Nov. 17

Music with Miss Sue! I love the shirt Jonah is 

Preschool Highlights! Nov. 6 – Nov. 10

A beautiful afternoon for a hike and fun at the 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

This week, we read, tasted, and made our very own 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 23 – Oct. 27

Working on cutting with scissors and creating a ghost, one 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 16 – Oct. 20

It's Apple Week in Preschool! We began the week reading 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 9 – Oct. 13

Fire Safety Week! Earlier this week, we decorated flames with 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 2 – Oct. 6

Thanks to Jackson for bringing in some bird’s nests for 

Preschool Highlights! Sept. 25 – Sept. 29

Exploring the changing colors of the forest and prairie!Happy 4th 

Preschool Highlights! Sept. 11 – Sept. 15

Indoor recess dance break! It was National Chocolate Milk 

Preschool Highlights! Sept. 5 – Sept. 8

A new nursery rhyme! Preschool is learning a new nursery 

Preschool Highlights! Aug. 28 – Sept. 1

Miss Shelley's class having fun to start the week!Happy 2nd 

Preschool Highlights! May 15 – May 19

Happy 5th Birthday Cillian! These busy bees are working on 

Preschool Highlights! May 8 – May 12

Woodpecker Nest?! This week, Linden brought in a woodpecker nest! 

Preschool Highlights! May 1 – May 5

Avery's Creation! Avery created a bird feeder swing with a 

Preschool Highlights! Apr. 24 – Apr. 28

Butterflies! Preschool learned about the life cycle of a butterfly 

Preschool Highlights! Apr. 17 – Apr. 21

We read The Great Kapok Tree and made our own 

Preschool Highlights! Apr. 10 – Apr. 14

Early Elementary students reading to Preschool before rest time!Theme?! Can 

Preschool Highlights! Apr. 3 – Apr. 7

Morning work time!This Week's Dino Adventures! This week, we read 

Preschool Highlights! Mar. 27 – Mar. 31

After reading Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson, 

Preschool Highlights! Mar. 13 – Mar. 17

Happy Pi Day! Tuesday in Preschool, we cut out circles 

Preschool Highlights! Feb. 27 – Mar. 3

Making the letters of our name using play dough!Read Across 

Preschool Highlights! Feb. 20 – Feb. 24

Inventors! This week, Preschool started learning about inventors and their 

Preschool Highlights! Feb. 13 – Feb. 17

Happy 100th day of school! Preschool celebrated by organizing 10 

Preschool Highlights! Feb. 6 – Feb. 10

Experiment Time! A good day for a science experiment! Skittles 

Preschool Highlights! Jan. 30 – Feb. 3

Where is the Arctic? Is it cold there? What polar 

Preschool Highlights! Jan. 23 – Jan. 27

Having fun learning a new nursery rhyme: Baa Baa Black 

Preschool Highlights! Jan. 17 – Jan. 20

Happy 4th Birthday Luisa! Three Little Kittens! This week in 

Preschool Highlights! Jan. 9 – Jan. 13

Science Experiment! Q:How do polar bears survive in the arctic? 

Preschool Highlights! Jan. 3 – Jan. 6

Handmade Snack Packs! Thank you so much to Ellis and 

Preschool Highlights! Dec. 12 – Dec. 16

Putting our strips in order from longest to shortest to 

Preschool Highlights! Dec. 5 – Dec. 9

It’s always fun to come to school, especially when you 

Preschool Highlights! Nov. 28 – Dec. 2

A beautiful day for a walk in the woods, watching 

Preschool Highlights! Nov. 14 – Nov. 18

A busy Monday work time!We read How to Catch a 

Preschool Highlights! Nov. 7 – Nov. 11

Earl the Squirrel! This week, we read Earl The Squirrel 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

Acorns! On Tuesday, we read a book about acorns, You 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 24 – Oct. 28

Frankenstein begins with F. I wonder what else makes the 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 17 – Oct. 21

Watercolor Mysteries! Preschool did a name activity where students had 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 10 – Oct. 14

How Many Pumpkins?! We tried to guess how many pumpkins 

Preschool Highlights! Oct. 3 – Oct. 7

Pumpkins! Exploring pumpkins during circle time. How are they the 

Preschool Highlights! Sept. 26 – Sept. 30

Welcome to Spectrum! We'd like to say WELCOME to our 

Preschool Highlights! Sept. 19 – Sept. 23

Practicing letter recognition at table time!Thanks to Atlas for bringing 

Preschool Highlights! Sept. 12 – Sept. 16

Parachute fun during indoor recess on Monday!We're LOVING the new 

Preschool Highlights! Sept. 6 – Sept. 9

Outdoor Exploration!Playing with play doh, building structures, and hanging out 

Preschool Highlights! Aug. 29 – Sept. 2

Exploring our space and making new friends!Discovery time in the 

Travelers’ Tales! May 16 – May 20

Pajama Day!What a fun Jumanji Field Day!IT'S THE FI-NAL-COUNT-DOWN! As 

Travelers’ Tales! May 9 – May 13

On Monday, we got to see a performance from the 

Travelers’ Tales! May 2 – May 6

May the 4th be with you...dancing to the Star Wars 

Travelers’ Tales! Apr. 25 – Apr. 29

Flowers! This week, we were exploring flowers. We graphed our 

Travelers’ Tales! Apr. 18 – Apr. 22

How strong is an egg? We did an experiment and 

Travelers’ Tales! Apr. 11 – Apr. 15

This week, we will be investigating bugs, but first, bug 

Travelers’ Tales! Apr. 4 – Apr. 8

Spring! This week, we’ll be talking about signs of spring. 

Travelers’ Tales! Mar. 28 – Apr. 1

The Hungry Caterpillar! This week, we will be reading a 

Travelers’ Tales! Mar. 14 – Mar. 18

Happy 4th Birthday to Nora! Make It Rain! This week, 

Travelers’ Tales! Mar. 7 – Mar. 11

Itsy Bitsy Spider! On Monday, we read The Itsy Bitsy 

Travelers’ Tales! Feb. 28 – Mar. 4

Mouse Paint! We read Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh and 

Travelers’ Tales! Feb. 21 – Feb. 25

Learning through PLAY!TWOSday with the Travelers! This week we celebrated 

Travelers’ Tales! Feb. 14 – Feb. 18

Enjoying all the playground has to offer!Happy 100th day of 

Travelers’ Tales! Feb. 7 – Feb. 11

Audrey! We celebrated Audrey's 4th birthday on Monday! She also 

Travelers’ Tales! Jan. 31 – Feb. 4

Kindness Basket! This week, we introduced the kindness basket. If 

Travelers’ Tales! Jan. 24 – Jan. 28

Snowmen created by Johanna and Julian!Question of the Day! Tuesday’s 

Travelers’ Tales! Jan. 17 – Jan. 21

Morning arrival table time!We read the the story The Snowy 

Travelers’ Tales! Jan. 10 – Jan. 14

Happy 5th birthday Maxwell! Miss Amber! On Monday, we met 

Travelers’ Tales! Jan. 3 – Jan. 7

Welcome Back! We didn’t go outside this past Monday, but 

Travelers’ Tales! Dec. 13 – Dec. 17

Reindeer food went home this week! Sprinkle it on your 

Travelers’ Tales! Dec. 6 – Dec. 10

Check your child's backpack. We sent home stockings for you 

Travelers’ Tales! Nov. 29 – Dec. 3

This week, we celebrated Bailey and Tinsley’s 4th birthday, as 

Travelers’ Tales! Nov. 15 – Nov. 19

Harvest Time! This week, we read a new poem, “Harvest 

Travelers’ Tales! Nov. 8 – Nov. 12

Graham and Auggie proudly sharing the books they worked so 

Travelers’ Tales! Nov. 1 – Nov. 5

The Crow! We read The Crow (A Not So Scary 

Travelers’ Tales! Oct. 25 – Oct. 29

Work time in the Travelers' classroom!Identifying numbers and counting with 

Travelers’ Tales! Oct. 18 – Oct. 22

Color Creation! On Tuesday, we mixed red, yellow and shaving 

Travelers’ Tales! Oct. 11 – Oct. 15

Happy Monday! We beat the rain and got to do 

Travelers’ Tales! Oct. 4 – Oct. 8

Writing our name and building structures with toothpicks and apples!Monster 

Travelers’ Tales! Sept. 27 – Oct. 1

Spot It! On Monday, Johanna helped Audrey and Tinsley play 

Travelers’ Tales! Sept. 20 – Sept. 24

Exploring with bubbles!Science experiment fun! Mixing Vinegar & baking soda 

Travelers’ Tales! Sept. 13 – Sept. 17

Working on building and writing our names!Creating a birthday feast, 

Travelers’ Tales! Sept. 6 – Sept. 10

New classmate! We have a new classmate! His name is 

Travelers’ Tales! Aug. 30 – Sept. 3

First Day Work Time!It doesn't get much better than Miss 

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! "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? 

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! 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! 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! Monday's group Zoom 

Sprouts’ Accounts! Apr. 6 – Apr. 9

Monday morning calendar, weather, and story time! 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 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

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Wildthings’ Adventures: May 20 – May 24

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

Wildthings’ Adventures: May 13 – May 17 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 

Preschool Supply List 2023-2024

1- 8 count watercolors with brush
1- 10 count washable Crayola Markers
1- 8 count glue sticks
2- 4oz. bottle liquid glue
3- rolls scotch tape
2- package stickers your choice
2- rolls paper towels
2- boxes Kleenex
2- Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes
1- extra set of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks)
1- birthday gift under $5 (please label if for boy, girl or both)
1- pair of rain boots

These items need to be brought daily:
1- backpack
1- water bottle labeled with child’s name (this will go home daily-please clean and refill)
1- daily snack for your child

Students who stay all day:
1- 11×11 fabric cube that holds a small blanket and pillow

Extras if you’d like to purchase:
Ink pads any color
Play dough
Gems and beads
Pom poms assorted sizes and colors
Craft sticks
Copy paper

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