Chavitos! Nature School

Nature Inspired, Spanish Immersed
Ages 2-5
Grades K-3


The links below help illuminate the philosophy and theories behind our Nature Immersion philosophy.

This website has links to scientific studies that prove the many benefits of spending time in nature, including better eyesight and better standardized test scores!

This powerful interview by a neuroscientist attests to the underrated educational value of play for young children. Combining unstructured play with a natural outdoor setting turns out to be excellent preparation for later academics. German researchers have found that children who attend a Forest Kindergarten actually perform better on standardized tests when they enter public school than their peers who were pushed into learning numbers and letters at the preschool stage.

Click this link for a great article which reports evidence about how playing in the dirt could make you smarter

The Last Child in the Woods
by Richard Louv, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, ©2005

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

by Richard Louv, ©2016

Growing Up Wild – Exploring Nature with Young Children
by The Council For Environmental Education, ©2009

A Child’s Work – the importance of fantasy play
by Vivian Gussin Paley, University of Chicago Press, ©2004

Place-Based Education
by David Sobel, The Orion Society, ©2004