In our classrooms, movement is just as important as our main lesson work. The two compliment each other beautifully. Incorporating age appropriate play and movement strengthens the child’s foundation in postural control; spatial awareness; good body geography and coordination among other basic developmental skills.
Our classroom transforms, using the furniture to create a safe space of obstacles and balancing exercises. The children are willing and happily crawling under benches and walking both forwards and backwards on tables and chairs sometimes while counting or singing.
These movement activities aren’t just for fun, they contribute to developmental capacities of language, mathematics, enhance focus and attention, practice spacial integration and strengthening of the will.
We live in a time when so many other schools are cutting recess, but we believe by emphasizing movement time both indoors and out we will enhance the learning potential and interest of each child.
At the same time, the children love coming to school, because it is engaging, dynamic, and fun.
The kindergarten class is enjoying several activities to welcome and celebrate Spring. They are listening to new Spring stories and songs, such as Johnny Appleseed. They are molding beeswax in the classroom and working with clay in the play yard. They also continue to enjoy their weekly watercolor painting, bread baking, and finger chaining and weaving.
The teachers provided a wonderful gardening activity for the children in April in which they created their own Spring fairy gardens by planting marigolds and strawberry plants and decorating them with moss, gemstones, small wooden animal cutouts, felt eggs, rocks, and items they found in nature.
Upcoming events include the May Day Festival on April 27 and an end-of-the-year class trip to Mote Marine on May 29 for the Sarasota Bay Explorers Tour. This is a boat tour in Sarasota Bay with a guide who will help children and their parents watch for dolphins and examine and learn about sea creatures. The tour also includes a stop on an island to play and hunt for treasures. The class is looking forward to both of these events!
Mangrove Monthly Update – October 2018
Lantern Walk – Siesta Key Beach, Friday, November 16th, 2018 5:30 pm
The lantern is the symbol of our own light which we can shine on a dark world, and we celebrate this time of year by holding a “lantern walk.”...
Come Craft With Us, Lantern Making, Saturday, November 10th, 10-12 pm
Open to all! Come make a paper lantern! All ages welcome – all activities are designed to appeal to a wide variety of ages – older children can...
Mangrove Monthly Update – September 2018
We Welcome You To Our Halloween Puppet and Craft Gathering, Tuesday, 10/30, at 4 pm
Join us for a gentle Halloween celebration! We welcome families with children ages 0-7, looking for an alternative way to experience...
We Invite You To Our Local Artisan Outdoor Market, Saturday, December 1st, 9 am -1 pm
Join us for a lovely outdoor market of local artisans and gift making opportunities, for parents, with activities and childcare available while...
We Welcome You To Our Mermaid Faire, Saturday, January 26th, 1pm-6pm
Please join us in celebrating the magic and wonder of childhood as well as honoring and learning more about our precious natural habitats and sealife...
We Welcome You To Our Open House, Saturday September 22nd, 10am-12pm
Nurturing children through nature, service and meaningful experience! Join us at our Autumn Open House! Parent and children together can...
Welcome to Earth: A Baby Blessing for the Newly Birthed, Saturday, January 12th, 10am – 12 pm
Join us for a sweet gathering to honor and welcome your new baby as the precious and unique gift to the world that they are! The year that...
We Welcome You To Our Open House, Saturday, August 25th, 10 am-12 pm
Nurturing children through nature, service and meaningful experience! Join us at our Open House for the summer season. Parent and...
A sweet, gentle, first group experience for age 3. This class is currently closed to new applicants.
Sandpiper Pre – Kindergarten
Our Early Learning Coalition sponsored program, for 4's and young 5's.
A part time program for ages 4 and 5
Offering authentic experiences of play and time in nature for ages 5 and 6.
Tender Root Forest Kindergarten
Learning through nature's infinite wisdom for ages 5 and 6.
Our flagship nature program for K-8
1st through 8th Grade
Third / Fourth Grade
The turning point of childhood, ages 9-10
Fifth / Sixth Grade
Ages 11 and 12
Seventh / Eighth Grade
Ages 13 and 14
Inspiring Children - Head, Heart, and Hands
Little Seedlings Parent / Child Nature Program
Nurturing the seeds of mini-naturalists and their parents, ages 2-4
Little Owlets Parent / Child Program
Fostering a community of warmth for parents, and a nurturing atmosphere for young children.
Enrollment for Homeschoolers
Part time opportunities for school aged children
For EC and Grades students