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3-6 years old

Our Flagship Program

At first glance, the children at Fidalgo Nature School are engaged in the occupations of a busy preschool program: fishing in puddles with long sticks; climbing trees at the edge of the forest; building forts and nests with fallen branches; exploring new ways to use familiar art materials; cooperating with a partner to kick a ball back and forth in the open space; looking at picture books and telling each other their own stories; hauling huge pieces of driftwood to the water with friends, heaving them in and noticing which way the waves take them. It looks like they are just playing. But play provides the rich experience through which children learn.  Each day students enjoy almost 2 hours of play.

There is a daily rhythm to each day of learning and play:

  • 15 to 30 minute opening circle and story

  • an hour’s play at the shore, field, or forest

  • toileting, hand washing and snack 

  • 30 to 45 minutes of curriculum activities in small and large groups

  • toileting, hand washing and lunch

  • a 15 to 30-minute closing circle