Early Childhood

In Between is Living

07 Apr 2017, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Animals, Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

As early childhood educators we are tasked with addressing not just the joyful parts of a child’s life, but also the more difficult. As naturalists we also have a healthy understanding of the circle of life.  Some animals have distressingly short lifespans, from 2 years…

Back to School, Back to Play

02 Oct 2015, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

It’s that time of year again, when friends and family return from their vacations filled with stories about  summer adventures.   One morning last week a child who is joining us for their second year came in to say hello and we got to chatting about their summer break….

Fighting Cabin Fever

08 Mar 2015, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

“Another kind of freedom for children, and adults, comes from being out of the owned space of schools and houses.  The sky, the clouds, the rain, the wind are for everyone equally. Neither do the birds and insects belong to anyone… Being outside expands our…

Fixing Recess

09 Feb 2015, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

Last week we posted a photo to our Facebook page showing our nature preschool children climbing up a snow covered ledge.  Many people were surprised to see preschoolers happily trudging around in waist deep snow and climbing such a big ledge.  The photo stands as a simple testament to what we mean when…

Bodenwein Foundation Funds Preschool Ed & Giving Garden

05 Feb 2015, Posted by Al Brown in Early Childhood

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center has received a $4,000 grant from the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation for its “Habitats, Everyone Needs a Home” program. In addition, the Bodenwein fund provided a $3,000 grant to the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association that will benefit the Giving…