Playing outdoors promotes well-being and wholesome physical development.
At Lakewood Preschool, we believe that outdoor exercise and activities are vitally important to a child's growth and learning. Children are naturally drawn to active play outdoors: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Playing actively outdoors also increases flexibility, fine and gross motor skills and is related to the development of a wide variety of physical skills, including those involved in sports.
Two year olds have the opportunity to experience outdoor activities daily in their own outdoor learning environment. The playground allows them to experience activities designed by their teachers, to experience the world around them.
The three and four-year-olds play on the the playground area of the Preschool yard, which includes a climber, two slides, a climbing wall, a dramatic play stage, and an outdoor art area.
The older children also have access to an environmental play yard where they play in a natural learning environment that includes a creek bed, musical instruments, lambs ear, rosemary and lavender with tree cookies and tree trunk balance beams. The children can pick real blueberries and see red wiggler worms compost left over fruits and vegetables. The teachers lead the children in classroom group activities such as singing and story- telling.
Field trips and other special offerings, such as art and nature programming are a part of the Creative Curriculum activities.