Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool Programs

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Enrollment is currently full for the 2017-2018 school year.  
 
If you would like to be added to the waiting list please click here.
 
We do not require any fee unless a spot should open up. In the case that spots do open up we contact families in the order of their registration.  Should a spot open up for your family we would be happy to schedule a private tour.
 
Cardinals
Monday & Wednesday  9:00-1:00  
 
Blue Jays
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-1:00
  • Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool is a licensed preschool through the State of Ohio.
  • Our classes are designed to be mixed age groups of three to five year olds.
  • We maintain a 15:3 children to staff ratio. 
  • Students are required to be toilet trained using underwear.   We understand that at the time of registration this may be an unknown for some families.  If there are questions regarding this policy, please contact Director Meredith Florkey education@learningtreefarm.org.
  • Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool uses Creative Curriculum to guide the children’s environment and activities.  A child-centered project based learning environment, utilizing principals of emergent curriculum and the Reggio-Emilia approach is in place. 
  • The staff uses Teaching Strategies GOLD for ongoing assessment and parent communication of skills. 
  • All lead teachers have up to date training in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse Identification. 
Friday Falcons
This program is for 4 year olds based on teacher recommendation.
Fridays 9:00-1:00
February 2018-May 2018
 
For the second half of the school year, children who are enrolled in one of the above programs and who plan to start Kindergarten the following school year have the option for more preschool time each Friday.  This time extends the content explored with their younger peers earlier in the week, but has more of an emphasis on researching (reading) and documentation (writing) and performing additional science experiments.   Children from either the Cardinals or the Bluebirds may attend.  This class has an additional cost.
 
Our philosophy of education requires that our classes be held outside for the majority of our time.  We go out in light rain and snow.  Safety precautions are adhered to and we are not out of doors when it is pouring rain, thundering, or lightning.  In cases of severe cold temperatures we limit our outdoor time.  Staff work with parents to assure proper clothing and skin protection all times.
 
Students will bring a packed lunch each day.  A daily healthy morning snack will be provided.

What is a Nature Preschool?

In a nature preschool, all components of a high-quality traditional program are present, but the environment and medium for discovery and learning are the outdoors. Children discover local flora and fauna during their exploration of the environment; staff builds upon that curiosity by providing literature, projects and structure that expand their understanding of these phenomena. Mathematics, science, social skills, and physical skills are seamlessly woven into this content. There is an emphasis on process art (i.e. free painting using a variety of materials, which are chosen by the child) vs. product art (i.e. making a group of something that look identical). Materials are chosen intentionally to complement the natural classroom spaces found inside and outside.

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Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool’s Philosophy:

  • We believe that concrete daily experiences in nature with ample time to explore, builds children’s ability to problem solve and self regulate.
  • Our emergent and child-centered curriculum will allow us to investigate nature and the farm using a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Harnessing children’s natural curiosity and using multiple senses, we are able to meet children’s developmental needs while creating a deep connection with nature.
  • We believe that early repeated exposure to the natural world will facilitate a growth of personal identity and an understanding of the interconnection between humans and their environments.

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How can I find out more?

Email Learning Tree Farm’s Education Director at education@learningtreefarm.org to find out more about the school or to be put on an email distribution list for announcements.

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 Here are some additional resources that you may find interesting if you are considering Nature Preschool.  Nature Preschool Resource Page

Learning Tree Farm's Nature Preschool was made possible by our generous sponsors:

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