Our Programs

Programs That Set Values

Nature-based education has been shown to improve cognitive, linguistic, social- emotional, motor skills, creative thinking and promotes environmentally friendly values in preschool children.

Nature-based education is a pedagogy where nature is the central organizing theme of the curriculum. This educational philosophy is where the natural world is the integrating thread that intentionally weaves together the philosophy, methodologies, classroom design, outdoor spaces, and sets values surrounding awareness and appreciation for the environment.

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Our curriculum, inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, challenges each child individually and allows them to work at their own pace.
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Our Current
Programs

Investigators
(Age 3)

Goals of the Investigator Program are designed to introduce young children to a preschool setting that foster’s a supportive school environment, in which children will receive the necessary encouragement to develop increasing levels of independence. Our educational principles provide children with age appropriate learning. We focus on cognitive development, working with the children on language arts, math, science and social studies concepts, but we also emphasize social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Children will be able to start to investigate and build enthusiasm for learning in areas that include science, art, nutrition, music, basic letter and number recognition, identifying shapes and patterns, and physical education. Once the Investigator’s have completed this program, they will have the ability to move onto our more challenging Explorer Program.

A central focus of our nature based, reggio-inspired school is that the environment is a “third educator,” and the indoor and outdoor environments are carefully designed to provide opportunities for children to engage in stimulating and meaningful work in spaces that support developmentally appropriate learning and social interactions, are aesthetically pleasing, reflect the culture of the children and the community, and offer flexibility and creativity. Our nature school has an extensive outdoor environment with a playground, flower gardens, introductory nature trails, a wooden bear den, and a little creek located off the Eco-Creek Trail. The emphasis on exploration and collaborative learning in our environment fosters children’s creativity, inquiry and discovery. We look forward to sparking your child’s sense of joy, curiosity, and wonder!

Children in this program DO need to be potty trained.

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Rhythm Of The Day

There is no typical day at KGE. We are led as much as possible by the children and their interests, play, the weather and seasons. Our rhythm of the day may look something like this.

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Drop Off Outside

Drop off outdoors at designated area, meet and greet your child’s nature educator. Outdoor play and orientate.

7:30AM - 8:30AM

8:30AM - 9:30 AM

Gather + Breakfast

Sharing morning greetings, stories, ideas, restroom breaks and nourishment.

8:30AM - 9:30 AM

9:30AM - 10:30AM

Explore + Connect

Connect with friends, explore clay, various art materials, practice writing skills, and settle into the environment.

9:30AM - 10:30AM

10:30AM - 12:00PM

Discovery + Outdoors

Follow curiosities, share the mysteries and appreciations of nature and discover new skills. Math and Science skills are areas children build upon when outdoors.

10:30AM - 12:00PM

12:00PM - 1:30PM

Recharge + Lunch

Take a breath, have lunch, share ideas, aspirations, and wind down to rejuvenate.

12:00PM - 1:30PM

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Engage + Snack

Nature journals, opportunity for the children to work on their own projects, atelier studio project, and a nutritious snack.

1:30PM - 2:30PM

2:30PM - 4:30PM

Outdoors + Reflect + Head Home

Share magic moments, talk about hopes and ideas for the next day. Spending time together, field explorations, nature trails, investigating and exploring children’s interest before children head home!

2:30PM - 4:30PM

Explorers
(Ages 4-5)

Goals of the Explorer Program includes delivering early childhood education by developing self-esteem, motor skills, creativity, self-mastery, and autonomy. Helping the child with gradual separation as their days begin to get longer in a school setting, and developing skills in language and communication, socialization, logical and sequential thinking, literacy, and mathematical concepts. The Explorer Program uses an innovative approach that is designed to spark students’ interest in generating, exploring, and answering queries that help children find answers through exploration, experimentation, and conversation. Furthermore, the end result of the Explorer Program is to guide and prepare each child on their very own journey to Kindergarten Readiness.

Our nature-based, reggio-inspired preschool environment is designed to create interactions and cooperation between parents, teachers, and especially children since social exchange is considered essential for learning. Each beautiful nature classroom is developmentally appropriate and challenges each student at their own pace. Our nature school utilizes outdoor spaces to increase children’s awareness of the natural world as they play outside and participate in ongoing projects where teachers encourage students to investigate the complexity of the natural environment. Our culture for achievement in our classrooms indoors and outdoors is to offer a child-inspired emergent curriculum that has an eloquent balance of creative play and skill-based learning. Our pedagogical approach includes the following goals for children’s development in nature. A respectful relationship with nature, a feeling of being at home in wild places, an appreciation for natural cycles, an ability to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, and a feeling of empowerment through knowledge about ways to protect the natural world. We look forward to sparking your child’s sense of joy, curiosity, and wonder!

Children in this program DO need to be potty trained.

Before your child enters Kindergarten they will have grown in these areas of development.

  • Mindful Looking and Listening
  • Multi-Cultural Sensitivity
  • Enhanced Motor Fitness and Coordination
  • Creativity
  • Independence
  • Increase in Positive Mood State
  • Enhanced Curiosity
  • Personal Challenges
  • Imaginative Play
  • Discovery and Reasoning
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Prosocial Behaviors
  • Mathematical Concepts
  • Early Scientific Learning
  • Stewardship
  • Strategies to solve problems
  • Respect and Appreciation for the Environment
  • Connections to Flora and Fauna
  • Logical and Critical Thinking
  • Empathy and Compassion
  • Self- Esteem
  • Sense of Community
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Rhythm Of The Day

There is no typical day at KGE. We are led as much as possible by the children and their interests, play, the weather and seasons. Our rhythm of the day may look something like this.

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Drop Off Outside

Drop off outdoors at designated area, meet and greet your child’s nature educator. Outdoor play and orientate.

7:30AM - 8:30AM

8:30AM - 9:30 AM

Gather + Breakfast

Sharing morning greetings, stories, ideas, restroom breaks and nourishment.

8:30AM - 9:30 AM

9:30AM - 10:30AM

Explore + Connect

Connect with friends, explore clay, various art materials, practice writing skills, and settle into the environment.

9:30AM - 10:30AM

10:30AM - 12:00PM

Discovery + Outdoors

Follow curiosities, share the mysteries and appreciations of nature and discover new skills. Math and Science skills are areas children build upon when outdoors.

10:30AM - 12:00PM

12:00PM - 1:30PM

Recharge + Lunch

Take a breath, have lunch, share ideas, aspirations, and wind down to rejuvenate.

12:00PM - 1:30PM

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Engage + Snack

Nature journals, opportunity for the children to work on their own projects, atelier studio project, and a nutritious snack.

1:30PM - 2:30PM

2:30PM - 4:30PM

Outdoors + Reflect + Head Home

Share magic moments, talk about hopes and ideas for the next day. Spending time together, field explorations, nature trails, investigating and exploring children’s interest before children head home!

2:30PM - 4:30PM

Aftercare
(Ages 5-8)

The Aftercare Program serves children ages 5-8 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. This offers children and parents a unique nurturing experience that offers more “one-on-one” interaction with children and staff. Children in this program are referred to as Migrator’s. These age groups have developed the independent skills to “migrate” from their school to KGE by the Saco School’s Bus System, and we recognize for most children that this is a special milestone. When children arrive at our facility, a Lead Educator or Assistant Educator will be waiting for your child’s arrival. The Migrator Program is mindful of the supervision expectations of working parents who want enrichment for their child, or have been recommended by the school system for families who prefer a small more private aftercare program.

This program is designed to offer mentoring and guidance by our educated facilitators, so students have the opportunity to improve academically, encourage good citizenship, while exposing them to topics surrounding environmental sustainability, earth sciences, ecology, social activities, and other educational opportunities. Our afterschool program is designed to serve the needs of both children and parents who do not need a comprehensive aftercare program for snow days, vacations, etc. Most often our aftercare students are children with parents who are teachers in the school system.

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Nature Days
(Ages 5-8)

Tuesdays and Thursdays Only

🌲 9:00am-3:00pm

🌲 Begins September 14th

We have a NEW program called “ Nature Days” that might be a perfect fit for a child that is being home schooled or is in need of social-skills building with a small group of children ages 5-8. We spend most of our time outdoors and we’re currently accepting 8 students! “ Nature Days” will be and led by one of our nature educators.

Come join our pack as we spend Tuesdays and Thursdays outdoors exploring the magic of nature, creating games and training our senses to be more in tune with nature. Children will get to know the plants and animals of our extended backyard and make arts and crafts out of the natural treasures we find. We’ll enter a timeless space of imaginative play, transforming into a tribe of stewards and gatherers.

This is a simple, wonderful, experience where nature and play-based learning come together to help children build friendships, confidence , and problem-solving skills in an ever changing world.

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Weekend Enrichment
(Ages 3-8)

We will be holding classes on the weekend. (No registration fee required).

Saturday

  • 10:00am – 12:30pm – KGE Open Studio ($30/child)
  • 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Kidz Craft Green ($30/child)
  • 3:30pm – 7:00pm – Parent’s Night Out ($35/child)

Other Classes:

  • Art in Nature
  • Recycle Paper Lab
  • Sketch & Sculpt
  • Lil’ Picassos
  • Ooey Gooey Lab
  • Seasonal Art

We help educate on how to have an eco-friendly birthday and one that’s fun & healthy! Please contact Miss Michelle at 571-9444 to schedule your birthday party and to discuss party details.

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Summer Nature
Camp

Our Summer nature camp is an outdoor camp experience where children can develop a deeper connection with nature, love and appreciate wildlife, have a better understanding of how the world works, and how to become future stewards of the planet. Children explore a variety of wildlife habitats on our introductory nature trails, named the Eco Avocado Trail, Eco Creek Trail, Endangered Species Trail, and Lotus Loop Trail. We model and encourage children to develop compassion and sensitivity for all living creatures.

Summer nature camp is an outdoor experience that strengthens physical well-being, promotes a happier well-balanced child, increases cognitive development by children having to problem solve and work in groups, and creates a better understanding of how human-nature connection. As educators, we thrive on helping each little naturalist practice good citizenship, conservation literacy, and enjoying what summer is all about!

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Summer registration begins February 15th each year. No make-up day policy.

Little Timbers
(Ages 3-4)

Parents can choose any days Monday-Friday, Half Days or Full Days. A minimum of 1 day per week for the entire summer is required.

Our Little Timbers program is an enriching First Nature Camp experience for 3-4 year olds as they explore hands-on nature experiences, engage in small group nature games, and nature-based art activities. Little Timbers learn about the natural world, which improves a child’s imagination, concentration, and observation skills. Children enjoy nature walks, investigating our nature trails signs, story walks, Maine wildlife encounters, camp songs, and lots of outdoor art projects.

Camp EcoAvocado has 10 weekly themes, and our Summer Nature Camps offer a variety of options, and can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs.

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Weekly Themes

6/21 – 6/25

Woodland Animals

Squirrels! Racoons! Owls! Deer! Which forest animals sleep at night and during the day?  Our Little Timbers experience science learning outside, with a full week of exploration and discovery. We’ll have outdoor cooperative games, animal crafts, and challenge each child’s observational skills on which woodland animals inhabit our area.

6/21 – 6/25

6/28 – 7/2

Little Master Gardeners

Little Timbers get to utilize our current landscaping to plant seeds, flowers, and vegetables in our garden. Gardens are living laboratories where lessons are drawn from real life experiences, encouraging children to become active participants in the learning process. Having children engage in gardens improves their enthusiasm to choose food preferences of fruits and vegetables. A great week for using garden tools, and playing in organic soil!

6/28 – 7/2

7/6 – 7/9 (Closed 7/5)

Art in Nature

Children love to play outside and explore nature! From twigs! Leaves! Flowers! Bark! Stones! Painting outside! We’ve created art projects that make art with nature! Environmental art is a growing movement and it’s evolving all the time, and the activities focus on exploration and expression, so we help children express themselves creatively by using materials they find. We have projects that can guide our Little Timbers, so they know how to use their materials. Letter stones, Fairy Gardens, Weaving nature, Flower Petals and Leaf pigments, acorn collage, and decorating pinecones are fun examples to involve nature and turn it into Art!

7/6 – 7/9 (Closed 7/5)

7/12 – 7/16

Beaks & Talons

The way life should be! This week we’ll be taking our campers on the beautiful discoveries and amazing facts of Maine. All the way from Kennebunk to Katahdin we’ll be learning the history and symbols of our remarkable state. Did you know these unique Maine State Facts?

  • Motto: Dirigo ( I lead)
  • Capital: Augusta
  • Statehood: 23rd State
  • Bird: Chick-A-Dee
  • Fish: Land- Locked Salmon
  • Flower: White Pine Cone
  • Animal: Moose
  • Insect: Honeybee
  • Mineral: Tourmaline
  • Berry: Wild Blueberry
  • Highest Point: Mt. Katahdin ( 5267 ft. above sea level)
  • Nicknames: Pine Tree State or Vacationland
  • Maine is the only State with one-syllable name
7/12 – 7/16

7/26 – 7/30

Ocean Caretakers

Do you know how big a Logger Head Turtle is?  Let make a beach in a jar! This is an enriching marine biology experience that opens the doors to what is “Marine Life” and the majestic species that utilize the ocean as their home. This week is to cultivate a love and respect for our pristine oceans by building confidence, while inspiring future generations about coastal conservation through safety and fun. We introduce sea life,seashells, crustaceans, how to keep our oceans clean, and which endangered marine species need our help.  This week incorporates sprinkler and water table fun!

7/26 – 7/30

8/2 – 8/6

Insectology

We love insects! Little Timbers investigate insects with their very own natural curiosity!  What do insects like, spiders, beetles, snails, centipedes, bees, and butterflies have in common? They have no spine and it takes a strong outer shell and some wild adaptations to be a spine-less creature in the natural world.

During this week of camp children will discover which bugs utilize our current landscaping for survival and  this is such a child friendly way to learn about insects through life cycles, beautiful insect art activities from grasshoppers, lighting bugs, dragonflies, butterflies, ladybugs, the praying mantis, honeybees, and even hard-working ant colonies!

8/2 – 8/6

8/9 – 8/13

National Park Rangers

This week our campers will learn that the United States has 61 protected pristine and breathtaking National Parks that are operated by the National Park Service! We’ll be creating a little national park atmosphere with some pretend campfires with marshmallows, trail mix, Smokey the Bear coloring pages, and will have some beautiful pictures of our national parks. These national park rangers will learn how our National Parks truly make our country special with parks like Acadia which is right here in Maine, Yellowstone, Zion, Yosemite, and many many more. During this week of camp, these National Park Rangers will learn what national parks are and how they preserve significant natural and historical places, will instill the appreciation for nature and the outdoors, the importance of preventing wildfires, and will teach the importance of conservation and preserving public lands.

8/9 – 8/13

8/16 – 8/20

Little Gems

Let’s Explore Minerals and Rocks in Maine!  Each year rock collectors come to Maine to explore and search for crystals, gems, gold, and other minerals. Wow! What rock is that?  Where did that rock come from?  Is that tourmaline, topaz, mica, or feldspar? Rock painting, rock collecting, discovering the beauty of different rocks and some of the unique ways of rocks can be utilized. From jewelry, to landscaping, to painting, and to collecting Little Timbers get to explore minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary and luster stones as part of Mineral collecting in Maine!

8/16 – 8/20

8/23 – 8/27

Enchanted Forest

Backyard birds, shorebirds, raptors and more! Maine is home to 292 species of birds. Whether they stay here for the winter or migrate when the temperatures drop Maine is an amazing state to observe and learn about birds! What do birds use their beaks and talons for? During this week Little Timbers will discover the science behind these adaptations and explore how birds use their beaks and talons differently.

8/23 – 8/27

8/30 – 9/3

All About Maine

What a summer! Now that summer is coming to an end our Little Timbers are preparing to embark on a new journey…. Preschool here they come! This week helps children feel excited about their new chapter. We read back to school stories, we go over meeting new friends, new teachers, and all the fun learning experiences preschool brings.  This is a great precursor for children to help them make the transition into going back to preschool! We had such a wonderful summer in Maine!

8/30 – 9/3

Tall Pines
(Ages 5-8)

Parents can choose any days Monday-Friday, half days or full days. A minimum of 1 day per week for the entire summer is required.

Our Tall Pines program is tailored for campers that investigate their natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem. Each day lets your child be a real explorer, using science in fun ways to better know the natural world. Environmental games, animal encounters, nature based crafts, interactive stories, cooperative games, and other nature activities to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in our daily adventures.

Our campers will learn how does a bee make honey? Where do monarchs go in the winter? Why does an owl spit up pellets? What is a squirrel’s nest called? Animals and plants have developed incredible adaptations to survive in the wild. Campers will explore the ecosystem to uncover these secrets through observation and experiments.

Our Tall Pines Program has 10 weekly themes, and our Summer Nature Camps offer a variety of options, and can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs.

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Weekly Themes

6/21 – 6/25

Animal Savers

If your child adores animals, wants to be a zookeeper, park ranger, veterinarian, wildlife rehabber, help less fortunate animals, then they will love our Animal Savers Camp! Little naturalists spend time learning how to care for animals, how to contribute to local organizations to see other ways people are working to make the world a better place for animals and wildlife.

6/21 – 6/25

6/28 – 7/2

Pollinator Habitats

Giving your child botany experiences in the garden is a wonderful way to welcome the Summer Season in Maine, and the ecological concepts used during this week of camp is pollination and cross pollination. This is an opportunity for children to learn about what flowers and shrubs can attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and even the very important insect of Maine, the “Honey Bee.” Children will learn the importance of pollination in agriculture, and the difference between annuals and perennials. Pollinator Habitats teaches the importance of composting, healthy soil, how to water flowers, plant unique wildflowers, and how to be pollinator friendly!

6/28 – 7/2

7/6 – 7/9 (Closed 7/5)

Atelier Studio

Unleash your child’s inner Picasso in an art camp where Old World Masters meet High Tech Digital Media! Little naturalists will create masterpieces using various mediums such as chalk, watercolor, acrylic, and clay while learning about artists of the world. Other art projects will involve emergent learning art activities in which the children will teach us which they are most interested in.

7/6 – 7/9 (Closed 7/5)

7/12 – 7/16

Wildlife Forensics

From tracks to scats to skulls and bones to antlers and horns! What animal is that?! What happened? Who was involved? A week of wildlife forensics culminates a group of investigators that are collecting evidence, lifting prints, photographing and sketching a scene, solving mysteries, and gathering specimens! During this unique week of wildlife forensics children will learn the importance of wildlife ecology and conservation in Maine. Teaching children how we can support local conservation and wildlife management is a wonderful way to bring compassion in protecting our very own Maine Wildlife.

7/12 – 7/16

7/26 – 7/30

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather offers campers and group leaders the opportunity to introduce their students and participants to the fascinating world of raptors. The campers will not only gain an understanding of such ecological concepts as predator/prey relationships; they will see a hawk, an owl, or an eagle up close. We’re even going to show students how to wrap an injured talon! Campers will also discover Eastern Backyard Birds in Maine and utilize Maine Audobon Birds to listen for their songs and sounds. Campers will also help place bird feeders, bird houses on the trail, use their nature journals to write what they observe, and we’ll introduce instruments to campers to show them how to call certain types of birds. This kind of an experience instills into each camper a greater respect and appreciation for birds. Camp EcoAvocado programs are to foster a more responsible attitude towards all wildlife.

Some of the concepts the birds help to teach:

  • predator/prey relationships
  • raptor identification
  • endangered species
  • How deforestation effects backyard birds
  • Bird calls, sounds, and songs
  • the “evil” predator myth
  • survival adaptations
  • raptor conservation
  • behavior
  • the hawk migration phenomenon
  • rehabilitation
7/26 – 7/30

8/2 – 8/6

Maine Geology

The ecological concept used this week of camp is “Let’s Explore Minerals and Rocks in Maine! “ Each year rock collectors come to Maine to explore and search for crystals, gems, gold, and other minerals. Wow! What rock is that? Where did that rock come from? How do humans use rocks?  What is a fossil? Is that tourmaline, topaz, mica, or feldspar? Rock painting, rock collecting, discovering the beauty of different rocks and some of the unique ways rocks can be utilized. From jewelry, to landscaping, to painting, and to collecting, Tall Pines get to explore minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary and luster stones as part of the Mineral collecting in Maine!

8/2 – 8/6

8/9 – 8/13

Tide Pools

Little Naturalists will learn about the intertidal regions of one of the most diverse ecosytems on the planet. Children explore everything from crabs, sea urchins, sea stars, mussels, snails, varieties of seaweed, barnacles, lobsters, various aquatic themes & oceans, sea mammals, and hands-on fun with seashells and sea rocks. The most important focus during this week is the emphasis on keeping our oceans clean, taking part in marine wildlife conservation, and the significance of endangered coral reefs.

8/9 – 8/13

8/16 – 8/20

Teepees, Tribes + Totem Poles

Take a journey with Native Americans as we explore and learn about their lives and culture. Campers will become “tribe” members, exploring the traditions, homes, village life, food gathering strategies, and the importance of sports and games in Native American life. They will replicate Native American art, design and construct totem poles, spend time in a real teepee and focus on life as it was — good times with friends.

8/16 – 8/20

8/23 – 8/27

Treeology

Let’s Branch Out! What do healthy trees need to succeed? Do trees get diseases? What is a tree burl? The ecological concepts used this week of camp is Conifer vs. Deciduous Trees, types of forest, how humans and animals utilize trees, tree rings and tree age discovery, what’s under the bark, the leaf life cycle, needles vs. leaves, root structure, various types of trees, and the importance of how insects even live in dead trees!

8/23 – 8/27

8/30 – 9/3

Extinction Detectives

Let’s take a trip around the world with our Extinction Detectives to discover the fascinating endangered species of the planet. What’s your child’s favorite endangered species? This is a positive approach to see the goodness in the amazing work of famous environmentalist from people all over the globe working together to preserve the majestic and remarkable creatures of the planet!  The ecological concept being used during this week of camp is to help children understand the importance of nature and how everything is interconnected and how their actions help shape the future of nature. This week our campers work together and decide on what endangered species to adopt through the World Wildlife Fund.

8/30 – 9/3

Connecting Capable Learners To Their Communities & The World Around Them

When students step out of the classroom and explore the concepts they’ve learned about, they deepen their understanding of science, themselves, and the world. The children will experience how to work in groups, which will provide a powerful bond in their learning experience. Children will have every opportunity to learn and engage in their very own interests!

Age-appropriate experiments will provide children with life-altering experiences and new challenges, along with opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom, collect data for use in the classroom, solve problems, bond with classmates and teachers and develop self-confidence. Often, these experiences give children rich topics for their writing, drawing, and conversation. Adventures in the field and outdoor education are ideal opportunities for integrated teaching and learning. Students experience outdoor play daily: explore, play, perform scientific experiments, navigate, reflect in journals, sing, and create artwork. Outdoor education is an inextricable part of the way we teach and learn.

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the image of a child with strong potentialities for development and a subject with rights, who learns through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others. Loris Malaguzzi was an early childhood educator who founded the educational philosophy known as the Reggio Emilia Approach. He was instrumental in the creation of a network of municipal preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens. Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of local citizens, community organizations, and environmental resources in the life of the school.

Children will discover different art techniques & famous artists, have the opportunity to try different types of art, and draw things that interest them.

This will give the children the opportunity to learn more about sign language and the importance of respecting different types of languages and language barriers.

Children will expand their understanding and appreciation of different types of music, spatial awareness, movement, balance, and coordination.

Children will experience and learn to understand the basic “poses” in yoga. This will help with fitness and help facilitate and channel children’s energy that is over-stimulated by today’s living and society.

Children will learn through the observation of living animals, insects, plants; exploring weather; and discovering the solar system. Kidz Go Eco will educate children on the importance of environmental awareness through recycling, conserving, and reducing. We “adopt” an animal that is on the “Endangered Species” list every year, and will display a photo of that animal on a bulletin for all the children to see.

At Kidz Go Eco, students are engaged and captivated by hands-on learning experiences. Learning through direct experience offers children the opportunity to actively master skills—it brings learning to life—from creating and running their own grocery market to learn about money, conduct archeological digs of mysterious cultures as a way of studying world cultures, perform field ecology research around our school, see & hold real-life animals, view life cycles to see how plants grow, see how tadpoles evolve into frogs, and children even begin to learn how to reuse items to create recycled art. These are some fun examples of how the students learn in our school.

When students reflect on their experiences, they develop a genuine understanding of what they have studied. Reflection reinforces and enhances their learning. It gives them the opportunity to better retain information and build on earlier discoveries. While journal writing is central to this process, students also reflect on their experiences through discussion, writing, drawing, and creating visual presentations. Kidz Go Eco recognizes that children communicate in multiple “languages.” Through these different channels of expression, students have the opportunity to first, individually reflect, and then share their discoveries with a larger community. Teachers love to incorporate “show-n-tell” and “star of the week” so children can reflect upon themselves and their very own interests as well.

Through a strong core curriculum, students at Kidz Go Eco become proficient in traditional subject areas: language arts, math, social studies, and science. Teachers provide themes to enhance the core academics by providing students the opportunity to apply and broaden their knowledge through studying special topics in-depth. Topics are designed based on students’ interests which provides the children the opportunity to immerse themselves in a focused area of study. Through themed studies, we incorporate science, math, writing, reading, research, visual arts, and outdoor education.

Kidz Go Eco inspires and challenges students while supporting them in a nurturing environment. Two teachers are in each classroom. Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows teachers to personally know students and respond to their individual learning styles. By working closely together inside and outside the classroom, teachers and students build strong and meaningful personal relationships that make children feel valued and appreciated for who they are. Teachers collaboratively work at each child’s level, and students are often divided into age appropriate groups for core subjects and preschool classes. Overall, students receive a high level of individual attention. The teachers challenge students to think critically. Creative problem-solving begins with valuing differences and fresh insight. Working in small teams, students learn their own ideas are often enhanced by collaboration and interest.

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Keeping You In The Loop

We provide personalized daily feedback to help you understand what activities your child participated in during each school day. We encourage children to progress at their own pace according to their individual needs and abilities. We facilitate exploration, reflect on “how the world works”, and aim our thoughts on concerning biological objects that attract a child’s attention, such as a new plant beginning to bud, an animal running, or the discovery of different foods.

Come Check Out Our Nature School.