The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an all-weather learning community for children, ages 3-5. We welcome…Learn more
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The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an affordable, high quality alternative to traditional indoor day-care.
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 traditional indoor classroom to our dedicated outdoor space. Teacher to student ratios of 1:8 or less ensure that your child gets the attention he or she deserves.
Year-Round with Extended Hours:
Most parents agree that consistency helps children be happier and healthier. Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool provides greater consistence than many programs. Our program is as excited as our students’ families to offer Outdoor Preschool that will last year-round. No need to transition back-and-forth to find additional care for your child during the summer months. Preschoolers will stay within the Lake Nixon Outdoor Center grounds and enjoy their own indoor and outdoor classrooms separate for the summer camp. Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is dedicated to growing within the community. Providing extended hours and year-round preschool helps to meet the diverse needs of families and students. We believe this consistency also lays a foundation for learning that will foster childrens’ desire to try new things, and become more confident as their abilities grow.
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 self-trust as well as both critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our teachers work with each child and family to develop appropriate learning plans.
Children learn naturally to be self-motivated, cooperative, respectful, grateful, and aware of their impact on the earth. Children experience outdoor adventures in all weather conditions. The outdoor classroom is made safe, while still facilitating children’s risk-taking. It provides complete immersion in garden areas and in nature, helping to build a child’s sense of place in the world.
Social Emotional Growth:
By building confidence through knowledge of and experience in the outdoors, students’ social and emotional growth is organically strengthen. 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 2:45pm and 3:15pm.
Monday – Friday: $550/month
Tuesday/Thursday: $350/month very limited availability. Email Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 yearly registration fee of $50 and a school year supply fee of $200 is due upon registration.
Price reduction incentive:
Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is a new program. As an incentive for families to help build our community, LNOP is pleased to welcome new families into our preschool with very competitive monthly tuition rates that will be locked in for the duration of your child’s enrollment! Families enrolling now for the 2018-2019 school year will have their monthly tuition rate locked-in for the duration of enrollment.
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 brining a diversity of skills to the program. Learn more below: