Outdoor Preschool & Elementary Classes

Choose Your Own Adventure!

At RECESS our days are filled with adventure and laughter. Students are empowered to choose what brings them joy.

Read on to see our most popular activities.

EXPERIENTIAL CURRICULUM

πŸ’š Nurturing Teachers Help Facilitate Connections for Students Based On Their Unique Interests.

πŸš€ Ample Opportunities for Open-Ended Discovery.

🌲 Full Immersion Outdoor School.


βœ… BASIC SKILLS

πŸ“ Look a β€œT” β€” Student, Age 3

πŸ”€ Learning ABCs, 123s, Colors, & Shapes Never Felt More Exhilarating!

🏫 Prepare for Elementary School Through Fun, Memorable, Relevant, Age Appropriate, & Meaningful Outdoor Experiences.


FALL IN LOVE WITH TINY CREATURES πŸ¦—

🐞 Take a Close Look at Lady Bugs, Butterflies, Ants, Worms, Potato Bugs, Moths, Grasshoppers, Spiders, Caterpillars, Bumblebees, Salamanders, Shore Crabs, Hummingbirds, Plankton, & More!

🐜 Develop Empathy and Appreciation for a Wide Variety of Creatures.

πŸ› Pretend You Are a Tiny Creature and Engineer Life-Size Webs, Nests, and Cocoons.


ENGAGE IN HANDS-ON SCIENCE πŸ”Ž

πŸ”­ Use Real Scientific Tools

🦎 Meet Scientists

πŸ“‹ Make Observations & Collect Real Data

πŸ’‘Try Fun Experiments


STRETCH YOURSELF

πŸ“ Grow Personally: Ignite Your Creativity. Build Confidence. Develop Perseverance and Patience.

πŸ₯³ Discover How to Regulate Emotions, Overcome Challenges, and Celebrate Successes.


RUN. PLAY. JUMP. HIKE. DIG. SPLASH. πŸ’¦

πŸͺ Learning is a Verb at Recess. Jump In and Discover With Us.

πŸ’ͺ Active Play Sparks Creativity, Builds Muscles & Coordination, Improves Eyesight, and Develops Strong Neural Pathways.

πŸ˜ƒ Healthy & Happy Kiddos!


MAKE MUD PIES

πŸ₯§ Is a Childhood Really a Childhood Without Mud Pies? Create the Quintessential Childhood Memories of Mud Pie Making!

πŸͺ„ Experience The Ooey Gooey Magical Mess of Mud. Collect the Ingredients and Try Your Hand At Making Mud Pies, Potions, & Everything In Between. Let Your Imagination Run Wild. Rinse Off Your Rain Gear and Repeat!


BUILD FORTS

πŸ‘·β€β™€οΈ Dust off your thinking caps. Plan, Design, and Construct Your Own Forts with Real Materials.

🚧 Problem Solve. Persevere. Test Theories. Build Knowledge.

πŸ”¨ Don’t just read about engineering, do it!


CREATE AUTHENTIC CONNECTIONS

πŸ‘‹ Grow Socially: Learn How to Listen, Collaborate, Take Turns, Negotiate Win-Wins, and Create Inclusive Relationships.

πŸ¦‹ Expand Your Compassion, Empathy, & Kindness for Yourself, Others, and the Wild.

πŸ‘Œ Explore the ASL (sign language) Alphabet.


WATCH WILDLIFE

πŸ¦… Respectfully Watch Wild Animals in Their Natural EnvironmentοΏΌ.

🐾 Learn How to Look for Animal Clues.

πŸ‹ Discover Migration Patterns, Search for Food Web Clues, & Watch Animals Using Camouflage Techniques in Action.


GROW A GREEN THUMB

🌱 From Tiny Seeds to Taste Buds, Explore How Plants Grow into Terrific Treats.

πŸ’— Develop Empathy, Patience, & Nurturing Skills.

🍏 Experience First Hand the Life Cycle of Apple Trees and Make Homemade Apple Sauce.

🌷Discover the First Signs of Spring.


SHINE!

🎟 In the Outdoors, Impromptu Stages Are Abundantβ€” Experience Joy in Performing AND Cheering.

🀹 Discover New Talents. Dance, Sing, Act, Share Jokes, Direct, Practice Puppetry, Create Optical Illusions, and Work Behind the Scenes.

🀝 Collaborate, Take Turns, Grow Leadership Skills, & Build Confidence.


CLIMB TREES WITH SUPPORTIVE & ATTENTIVE ADULTS

🌳 Work 1 on 1 with a Teacher to Discover the Process of Selecting Ability Appropriate Trees, that Safely Challenge You.

🧠 Expand Critical Thinking, Communication, and Coordination Skills.

🀩 Feel the Exhilaration of Skill Mastery


MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE 🎢

πŸ₯ Create Your Own Instruments From Natural Materials! What Does a Pine Cone Sound Like When You Rub it Against the Bark of a Big Leaf Maple Tree? What Sounds Can You Make With Squishy Mud? What Do You Hear When You Shake a Huckleberry Bush? Gather the Band and Rock Out to Your Own Tune!

🦁 Explore Animal Sounds & Discover Your Voice! Roar Like a Lion, Buzz Like a Bee, & Squawk Like a Great Blue Heron.

🦭 Listen Carefully to Wild Chickadees, Sea Lions, & Black Oystercatchers. Discover How Animals Use Sound to Communicate and Identify Common Wildlife Calls.


Awaken the excited student. Give them space so they can soar. Let them choose, and laughter will be the soundtrack to their learning.

β€” McKenzie Purdom

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