Nature Adventures

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder...he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in "

-Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder



 Nature Adventures is a magical time for our children to develop their imagination through exploration of the world around them. Our program provides wonderful opportunities for our children to explore their senses, be active and learn.  Through an inquiry-based program, our children explore our campus and investigate the wonders of the outdoors. We believe the best childhood memories are created outside: leaves, mud, puddles, digging in the dirt, rain, snow and sunshine. There’s no such thing as bad weather if you are properly dressed!

 

 During the last several years, parents and educators have seen the simultaneous effects of screen time and “indoorization” on preschool children. In response, there is an increased need to move children back into nature and let their inner scientists out to ask questions and investigate.

Our Teacher and Schedule

Mrs. Tabitha Strong, a co-teacher in our Primary Class and a Mom of three boys is also our Nature Adventure teacher!  Enthusiastic about outdoor education for preschool children, she is fearless! Nature Adventures is offered once a week, Mrs. Strong  divides her time between the Toddler Groups and the Primary Group, alternating days of the week to be sure each Toddler Group has time with Mrs. Strong. Our students can be found making hotels for bees with natural materials, serving up lunch in a mud kitchen or creating their own wreaths from pine branches around the holidays.

 

Mrs. Strong is looking forward to adventuring, investigating and exploring the outdoors with our CCDS scientists this year!

Where?


 At Christ Church Day School, we are so fortunate to have a beautiful campus for them to explore.  In the front yard, children gaze up into the canopy of trees and may be lucky enough to hear our resident owls hooting. By the parsonage house, a high-fenced “Secret Garden” is a favorite among the children who can hide in the bushes and run around the stone paths. We also have a wonderful, recently renovated nature space/playground (October 2018) with indigenous plantings to attract Monarch butterflies, canopies and new trees for shade, an outdoor xylophone and the all-time-favorite gong.  

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