Nature School is BVRA’s nature-based preschool. Inspired by Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio-Emilia educational philosophies, this nature-based curriculum focuses on a variety of themes that reflect children’s discoveries in both indoor and outdoor classrooms. Outdoor exploration in all types of weather is an integral part of each day. Nature inspires the curriculum and focuses on themes that mimic the changing of seasons.
The Nature School preschool day is designed to create a balance between free creative play and more structured activities that help develop a child’s ability to work independently and cooperatively and to act in a caring and responsible way towards the environment, themselves and others. We engage in domestic, practical and artistic activities that the children readily imitate (baking, painting, gardening, etc.) and allow ample time for outdoor exploration in the Children’s Play Garden (BVRA’s outdoor classroom). Woven into these experiences are hands-on games and experiences that well-prepare children to enter the next phase of school life. Motivated by their own curiosity, children may choose from many thoughtfully prepared hands-on learning materials that foster the development of gross and fine motor skills, reasoning, math, and pre-reading or reading skills, as the child is ready. Our mission is to provide a high quality childhood experience that meets the developmental needs of the whole child (artistic, social, emotional, physical, cognitive) while inspiring them to connect with nature.
Classes will take place in the Warming House, the Children's Play Garden and throughout Lewisburg Park's more "wild" areas (not the playgrounds); rain, snow or shine. Children must be potty-trained AND 3 years old, and parents will need to provide outdoor clothing for all types of weather.
Kristin Walker is our new Nature Preschool teacher. She graduated from Lock Haven University. She comes to BVRA with a background in preschool education. During her career, she has worked in a residential facility with adults and teens with developmental and behavioral disabilities. Most recently, she worked with high school youth with behavioral challenges. Her passion is working with children of all ages, but she especially loves the preschool age group. She enjoys working with children to develop them through their own natural learning styles, as well as helping children with developmental delays and behavioral challenges. As a result of teaching students from preschool classrooms through high school in both public and private settings as well as alternative education classrooms, Kristin has a better understanding and appreciation for the preschool age children. You can contact Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 570-524-4774.
Marah Biddle is BVRA's recreation director who has worked with Nature School students for the past three years. In addition to a formal education from Lock Haven University, Marah has a special connection with nature and the world around us which is influenced by growing up and living on a working farm. She is excited to bring her love of nature to our youngest students.
Olivia Agosti joined BVRA as an AmeriCorps member. After falling in love with the summer Mini Camp program, Oliva decided to spend another year with BVRA. A 2018 graduating from Philadelphia University, Olivia spent a year in Washington DC and recently relocated to Lewisburg in March. She is excited to make Central Pennsylvania her new home. Olivia grew up in Tamaqua Pennsylvania where the woods were her backyard, even with her time spent in cities, she always finds her way to parks or on hiking trails. She can't wait to meet all the students and continue to laugh and explore the outdoors with the Nature School preschoolers.
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