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Fun at Randolph College Nursery School

5K Class – Nature Based Learning

Cultivating creativity, planting a love for learning, and growing knowledge

Carrie McCane '16 and RCNS students track the progress of tadpoles living in the pond.

Carrie McCane ’16 and RCNS students track the growth of tadpoles living in the pond.

We now offer a 5K nature-based classroom for 5-year-old students to continue developing school-ready skills in a fun and engaging environment.  Some families choose this option because they feel their child may not be ready for the rigors of today’s kindergarten.  Others choose it to give their child the gift of one more year of creative, play-based learning.

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Why nature?

We have long known that child interest and engagement are the keys to successful learning.  Animals, plants, water, and other aspects of the natural world delight children and draw them in as learners.   Our 5K curriculum has the same child development goals that more traditional schools have with the added benefit of helping children develop care and concern for the natural world.  Children develop gross and fine motor skills and grapple with mathematical reasoning and literacy as active learners.  You will not find worksheets here.

Our 5K students are explorers, scientists, researchers, artists, leaders, communicators, and good citizens.  Their emerging mathematics and literacy skills are honed through creative and unique lessons designed to stimulate learning well beyond the four walls of our physical classroom.  Our learning is project-based and naturally inspired.  We are naturally academic.

We maintain a consistent, structured daily schedule including work time, circle time, snack and free play, but at small group time our curriculum truly shines.

  • How many acorns tall are you?
  • Can you make an invention from these recycled materials?
  • What might happen if we remove trees from an ecosystem?
  • Let’s journal your discoveries using your five senses.

Students plan, inquire, observe, touch, talk, write, investigate, discover, analyze, hypothesize, test, retest, and learn all the skills needed to be successful in the classroom and in life.

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