Elementary Program - Kindergarten to Third
Teachers are comfortable with the grade-level common core standards and will be using this to guide their interactions with the students. The learning will be nature and exploration based. For example, adding pinecones, using non-standard measurement when comparing length of leaves, writing letters and words in the sand, using scientific reasoning when comparing two different types of seed pods.
Teachers offer opportunities to participate in seasonal songs, journaling, graphing of weather, and hands on science exploration.
Our Elementary is broken into three groups: The Knights, Scouts and Pixies. Here two of our pixies are collecting calendula to make a healing salve.
During the summer we had an extended study of the magnificent honey bee. We invited guests from Honey's Healthy Hive. She brought examples of hives, bees and these incredible bee suits that we got to try out.
This fall we are experimenting with making masa.
Preschool Program Ages 2-5
MONDAY and FRIDAY 1:00-4:00
2019-2020 and Beyond!
Chavitos Nature School accepts applications throughout the year and places those applications in our Early Notification List folder. Each spring, after all currently-enrolled families get first choice of available spots for the following year, we hold our annual April Open House to give interested families a chance to see the school site, get their questions answered and meet our teachers. Only families on our Early Notification List are invited to the Open House. If both your family and Chavitos teachers agree that your child is a good fit with the nature school, you will be required to sign the “Contract for Enrollment” and to pay a deposit to secure your child’s place in the following year’s class. Please wait to send the $50 application fee. This will be collected upon enrollment.
Team work of pushing and pulling a wagon full of eager riders.
A great example of how we use nonstandard measurement in our nature explorations.