June 2014 Newsletter
Last days of school will be June 12th and 13th!
Pizza night is June 11th
Don’t forget to turn in your pizza order for our end of the year Pizza Party! From 5:30 to 6:30 we will eat
dinner. At 6:30 the children will be having a performance!
We will also have some auction items up for sale. Good stuff!
We hope you can all attend.
Summer school flyers are still available
and sessions still have openings,
including “Jump into Kindergarten.”
Call Jody at 707.539.1612.
Orientations for next school year will be
on August 26 and 27, and the regular
school year will begin on Thursday the
28th or Friday the 29th. Everyone will
receive a notification about these important dates.
Brush Creek Basics
Brush Creek Nursery School's program is based on a child's need for both order and freedom of expression. We try to help each child discover inner strengths as he or she develops confidence in solving problems independently of adults.
Brush Creek's prepares children not just for kindergarten, but for life in a world that needs caring, resourceful people. There is an emphasis on being part of a larger group and being sensitive to the needs of others. We encourage children to know and express their feelings in ways that get positive responses from others.
Our preschool is designed to provide an environment where the children can learn by doing. We strive to provide a large variety of situations in which children can experiment, gain confidence and learn.
The Argument toward more Nature Play
We live in the age of technology, where innovations to make things smaller, faster and more time saving are lauded. We have not just computers, but cell phones, ipods, ipads, and dvrs. We communicate by text, and email without ever actually speaking. We are losing the balance between real and virtual experiences in our lives.
Many educators have concerns about a parent’s challenge of exposing their children to current technology and allowing plenty of time for good old fashioned outdoor play. I once attended a workshop on children and nature and the workshop leader asked each of us to draw a picture of a favorite childhood memory. After a few minutes she revealed that over 80% of us would have drawn something to do with nature (a trip to the park, playing in the sprinkler with friends, etc). I was stunned. I think current children would draw a very different picture.
At Brush Creek we have worked hard to make sure we provide myriad of experiences utilizing the beautiful property we are on. Children need nature. It counts. They need to turn over rocks and find bugs. They need to challenge their bodies and climb trees and cross creeks. They need to smell and feel wet grass, crunching leaves, and moist sand. “As children grow and develop they need to successfully master physical challenges in order to gain self-confidence and a sense of control over their environments. Learning how to maneuver their bodies in a variety of settings helps children gain skills that keep them safer.” — Learning with Nature Idea Book
One resource that has been very inspiring to me is “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv. I can really recommend this thought provoking book. It speaks to the importance of providing children with significant outdoor playtime, throughout their formative years. Come and see us at Brush Creek and check out the outdoor play spaces where we’ve given attention to textural differences, gross motor opportunities and challenges. We really believe kids at this young preschool age need to explore both indoors and outdoors, discover things on their own through trial and error and use their senses in a whole and natural experience. We hope you agree.