Nature-Based Preschool & Outdoor Kindergarten

Children and nature are old friends. Our nature-based programs 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. ​

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.  

Representational Development

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.

Projects

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. 

Collaboration

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. 

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Nature Preschool

 

Ages 3-6 years

Monday-Friday

8:00 am- 5:30 pm

Outdoor Kindergarten 

Ages 5+ years

Monday-Friday

8:00am - 5:30pm

Interested in a part-time program?

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Play School by Play Studio enrolls ages 18mo-35mo.

2022-2023 Important Dates

 

Spring Break: March 14th-March 18th 

Nature Preschool Closed

Spring Play Camp available 

Register 

Spring 2022 last day: May 31st 

 

Summer Break: June 6th-August 26th

    Nature Preschool Closed

    Summer Play Camp available 

    Register 

 

Fall 2022 first day: September 6th

CCMS Accepted

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