New for the 2017-2018 School Year – NorthPointe Christian School Nature-Based Preschool for 4 Year Olds
Nature-based preschools are a growing trend in education, and Blandford Nature Center has begun to support nature-based education through collaborating with area preschools. It’s exciting to announce that starting next fall NorthPointe Christian School will partner with Blandford Nature Center to take student learning outdoors.
This model of nature-based learning has the foundation of a Christ-centered, high-quality education, with the academic, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual development goals.
In their nature-based preschool school, these goals are accomplished through experiences in and with the natural world. Four year-old preschool students will be in the outdoor classroom for half of their morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Outdoor play and nature-based discovery form the backbone of the curriculum and drive indoor classroom activities. Preschoolers will start their morning at their site’s outdoor classroom and then transition indoors for snack and activity centers that further enhance their outdoor learning.
Once a month the students’ classroom will be Blandford’s beautiful and complex ecosystems. The students and teachers will engage in seasonal experiences out at Blandford as well as their own school site so that together they will learn, engage, explore, enjoy and value nature’s endless wonders.
Benefits of Nature-Based Education
Nature is powerful in shaping a child’s development. Research reveals that the outdoor classroom encourages creativity and problem solving, improves academic performances, and ignites curiosity and wonder.
Students participating in this program would be enrolled through NorthPointe Christian School. Blandford Nature Center serves as a collaborative partner visiting their site once a month as well as engaging in collaborative monthly meetings. If this is something that you are interested in for your child you can contact the school. If nature-based preschool education is something that you would be interested in exploring to add into your existing preschool program, contact Janet@BlandfordNatureCenter.org.
Taking student learning outside is a growing trend in education, and Blandford Nature Center is growing opportunities to support nature-based education. This spring Blandford will be hosting a Nature- based Educator Workshop presented by Rachel Larimore, former Director of Education at Chippewa Nature Center and founding director of the Chippewa Nature Center’s Nature Preschool as well as the author of the book, Establishing a Nature-based Preschool.
To register click: Nature-based Education Workshop.