Nature-Based Preschool & Outdoor Kindergarten
Children and nature are old friends. Our nature-based programs utilize Emergent curriculum and are based on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood where the child is respected as capable and curious. Spending the majority of the day outdoors, we designed our outdoor learning environment to provide a comprehensive, engaging and sensory-rich play and learning opportunities.
Ages 3-6 years
8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Ages 5+ years
8:00am - 5:30pm
What is Emergent Curriculum?
Our curriculum stems from the interests and skills of the individual child. We create experiences based on talking with children and families and what we know to be interesting to young children. Our open-ended and hand's on activities act as a jumping off point for the child that they can then use to construct their own knowledge.
Ideas are presented in multiple forms - print, art, music, movement, etc. - to ensure that all children have the chance to understand and connect with explored concept. It isn't how smart is the child, but rather how is this child smart.
Working on long-term, in-depth projects provides a thorough study of concepts and ideas. Our teachers act as advisors while the children are the architects. Projects may last a week or two or the entire school year.
To strengthen and practice key cognitive skills such as communication, critical thinking, negotiation, and initiative, children are given multiple opportunities to work in small and large groups. Each child is given a voice in order to promote balance between a sense of belonging to the group and a sense of self.
CCMS Application is available in English, and Spanish-speaking staff are available at CCMS to assist caregivers with this form over the phone.
CCMS Website with application: https://tarrantcountyccms.org/
CCMS Phone number: 817-831-0374