What is a Nature-based Preschool?
At Carson Creek School, our preschool program will balance traditional classroom learning with natural, outdoor exploration. Nature is the central organizing concept and children will spend a large part of their time outside playing and exploring our beautiful school yard. Inside, children will listen to stories and sings songs about our theme (Autumn, Bugs, Space, Flowers, Ocean Life, Eggs, Birds…).
They will develop skills in math by counting seeds, measuring sticks, sorting leaves, etc. In Nature preschools, the environment is set up for children to manipulate logs, sticks, rocks, acorns, leaves, water, mud, dirt and other natural materials in a way that is not usually seen in traditional schools. Children have experiences with animals, bugs and native vegetation as well as fruit trees and gardens filled with vegetables, flowers and herbs.
Research shows that daily exposure to nature impacts children positively in the following ways:
- Supports development intellectually, socially, spiritually and physically
- Supports creativity and problem solving
- Enhances cognitive abilities
- Improves academic performance
- Reduces ADHD symptoms
- Increases physical activity
- Improves nutrition
- Improves eyesight
- Improves social relations
- Improves self discipline
- Reduces stress
— Reference: naturalearning.org
If playing with mud, dirt and bugs does not sound fun to you, you are in luck! Let our teachers do the dirty work! We love it!