"Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life..."
Our nature curriculum is based off of nature expert Lynn Seddon's Exploring Nature with Children. We spend time learning about everything from hibernation to wildflowers, spending time outside as much as is possible, throughout every season.
We believe passionately that the best classroom is one with no ceiling and no walls where children have freedom and space to spread out, explore, and follow their own curiosity about the world around them. Lessons are teacher-lead and open-ended allowing children to ask important questions and take the lesson where their curiosity guides them.
Nature topics are seasonal an include animal and plant study along with daily observation of the outdoor classroom and the seasonal changes occurring before their very eyes.
A daily lesson might include enriching and imaginative children's literature, yoga, singing, introduction to topic or lesson, watercolor, nature walk, observations, and group games and activities.
At Wasatch Nature School we believe that through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments. We help our students become kindergarten-ready through a combination of Learning Dynamics and Zoophonics curricula, as well as activities specifically designed to enhance the students' fine motor, gross motor, and math abilities.
Academic learning will take place in the outdoors all year long in all seasons! Through songs, repetition, children's literature, games and the creative use of natural resources children will be introduced to the alphabet, alphabet sounds, sound blending, numbers, one-to-one correspondence, and simple addition and subtraction concepts.