Opening Fall 2018
What is a Nature Preschool?
Nature preschools use the natural world to support dual goals that address both child development and conservation values. These include the development of the whole child and the development of an environmental ethic.
Nature preschools are based on high-quality practices of both early childhood education and environmental education. The teachers possess specific skills to meet these needs. The children spend time outdoors every day (except in dangerous weather) connecting with the natural world and creating a sense of place and belonging. Some research has shown that children attending nature preschools have healthier bodies and are sick less often. They may develop enhanced observation skills and foster language and collaborative skills through imaginative and creative play in nature.
The mission of Cleveland Metroparks Nature Preschool is to provide an exceptional child-centered and nature-based preschool environment which meets the developmental needs of the whole child (physical, cognitive, emotional, social and perceptual) by utilizing the natural world around them.
By immersing a child into nature at an early age, we believe children develop a deep-seated appreciation and understanding of the natural world and their place within it. Nature is the foundation for our curriculum which is based on Ohio Early Learning Content Standards and developmentally appropriate practices.
The teaching staff will promote development and growth of each child by:·
- fostering a sense of wonder.
- nurturing a sense of self.
- developing a respect for our natural world.
- encouraging problem solving and reflection.
- inspiring independent thinkers.
- instilling confidence.
- promoting skills necessary to transition to kindergarten:
- Language development
- Dramatic play
- Large and fine motor skills
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Rocky River Nature Center
Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township resident registration begins January 23, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Out of county resident registration begins January 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
For more information or to schedule a tour contact Rocky River Nature Center at 440-734-6660 or email@example.com.