The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an all-weather learning community for children, ages 3-5. We welcome…Learn more
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Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an affordable, high quality, alternative traditional preschool.
What is Outdoor Preschool?
The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an all-weather learning community for children, ages 3-5. Our program closely follows a Forest Kindergarten model of full nature-immersion with emphasis on natural rhythms, seasonal changes and the natural sciences. Our classes are mostly student lead, by teachers trained to utilize childrens’ innate curiosity as a basis for further instruction. Our preschool classroom experience extends from our indoor classroom to our dedicated outdoor space. Our teacher to student ratio of 1:8 or better ensures your child’s safety and individual attention.
Year-Round with Extended Hours:
Early childhood experts agree that consistency increases a child’s health and happiness. A year-round schedule prevents the need to transition back-and-forth from another program during the year. In addition, extended a.m. and p.m. hours help meet the diverse needs of families, while helping to build community. This consistency lays a foundation for learning that fosters childrens’ independence and confidence in trying new things.
We encourage and build on each child’s innate sense of wonder by guiding preschoolers with an inquiry-based teaching style, rather than a boxed curriculum. This builds autonomy as well as both critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our teachers work with each child and family to develop appropriate learning plans.
Children naturally learn to be self-motivated, cooperative, respectful, grateful, and aware of their impact on the earth during their experiences with us. Outdoor adventures in all weather conditions facilitate healthy risk-taking. Our days include immersion in garden and natural areas, helping to build a child’s sense of place in the world.
By building confidence through knowledge of and experience in the outdoors, students’ social and emotional growth is strengthened. By learning to take acceptable risks in the outdoors, preschoolers’ pride, self-worth and perseverance also grows.
Families who choose the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool will be supported in building positive attitudes toward all weather possibilities, since, in a child’s mind, there is no “bad” weather, only endless opportunities to learn and play through new and varied experiences. Our teachers help families choose the appropriate clothing for children, so they will always be comfortable out-of-doors. We also help families embrace the dirt and mess that comes with the fierce curiosity of a child being blessed with daily nature immersion.
It is crucial for us to intentionally create places of learning where children are encouraged in their love of the natural world, and inspired to gain more knowledge of it. As Baba Dioum reminds us, “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”
2018-2019 School Year Monthly Fees:
Preschoolers need to arrive at Lake Nixon between 8:15am and 8:30am. We begin our day together promptly at 8:30am. Please plan on picking up your preschooler between 2:45 pm and 3:00 pm.
Monday – Friday: $650 [very few spots left!]
Tuesday/Thursday: $350/month [full. Waiting list available].
Email Monica at email@example.com for information.
Tuition does not include lunch or morning and afternoon snacks. More details on the FAQs below.
Extended Care Fees:
Our Extended Care program offers parents the option to drop off their child as early as 7:00am and pick up by 6:00pm.
Monday – Friday: $200/month
The Fine Print: A nonrefundable yearly registration fee of $50 and a school year supply fee of $200 is due upon registration.
The benefits of being outside of the “box.”
It is no secret that children need to be outside; that it is a right, not a privilege, and that they thrive when able to do so. It has also been shown that children who are able to play for long periods of time outdoors are happy and confident, as well as better prepared for future academic work. The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool will provide your child with learning opportunities not found in traditional settings. Our program provides the benefits of an outdoor preschool while ensuring your child practices age appropriate skills and learns through concrete experiences with a variety of natural objects.
Scroll through our list of commonly asked questions and please feel free to shoot us an email with any other questions you may have.
Meet the teachers, visit the indoor and outdoor classrooms and find out what Outdoor Preschool is all ab…Learn more
Your preschooler’s safety is our primary concern and we will constantly monitor weather, especially on…Learn more
Families are asked to supply their preschooler with a lunch and two healthy snacks each day. Lake Nixon …Learn more
Registered preschoolers and families will need to attend the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool Orientation at…Learn more
Our daily schedule is: 7:00am - 8:15am Morning Extended Care* 8:15am Drop Off 8:30am School Begins 8:30a…Learn more
Our program draws from many resources. These include: North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Conscious D…Learn more
We have working partnerships with: River Valley Horticulture, Green Corner Store, Arkansas Heritage Quai…Learn more
Our educational team is a combination of traditionally certified state educators, nontraditional teachers, and other staff bringing a diversity of skills to the program. Learn more below: