Laurel’s Outdoor Pre-Primary School allows significant outdoor hands-on learning for three-, four- and five-year-old students that combines a play-based curriculum, nature immersion, current early childhood research, and personalized learning opportunities.

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  • Laurel School's Yurt

    The Yurt

    Our Yurt makes the Butler Campus accessible year-round and provides a home base for days with inclement weather. The Yurt's central location on the Butler Campus creates a springboard between nurturing out student's natural curiosities in the forest around us and extending learning opportunities with enriching classroom experiences.
  • Laurel's Outdoor Pre-Primary School in the forest

    The Forest

    In the forest, and away from highly structured indoor curriculum, children make their own choices about how they spend their time and how to manage their own body signals. They become empowered, engaged and highly motivated learners who understand that their acquisition of knowledge is as limitless as the sky above our heads.
  • Laurel's Outdoor Pre-Primary prepares kids for Kindergarten

    The Curriculum

    The Outdoor Pre-Primary provides a curriculum that ensures children are developing the skills that are necessary for them to be successful in Kindergarten while also gaining the resilience, grit, motivation and creativity that comes from learning in the forest.

Outdoor Pre-Primary School Curriculum

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  • Language Arts

    Skills
    • Verbal expression
    • Listening comprehension
    • Literature
    • Phonological awareness
    • Writing process
    • Research
    Content
    • Initiate and sustain conversation
    • Using new vocabulary
    • Negotiating compromises and resolving conflicts
    • Formulating questions
    • Using descriptive language
    • Sharing thoughts and ideas clearly
    • Distinguishing between fiction and non-fiction
    • Retelling stories
    • Contextual understanding of stories
    • Recognizing upper case letters, some lower case letters and some beginning letter sounds
    • Counting and understanding syllables
    • Rhyming words, synonyms and opposites
    • Understanding linear orientation of print
    • Journaling
    • Using writing instruments correctly and writing his or her name
  • Social Studies

    Skills
    • Understanding diversity
    • Socialization
    • Geography
    • Understanding communities
    Content
    • Identifying and naming plants and animals
    • Respecting living things
    • Awareness of and respect for differences of thoughts, ideas, likes, dislikes and abilities
    • Understanding the concept of being a friend
    • Developing independence, responsibility and self-help skills
    • Learning to negotiate and compromise
    • Understanding geography through mapping, compass directions, natural resources and habitats
    • Team building activities
    • Establishing routines
  • Mathematics

    Skills
    • Weights and measurements
    • Sequence of events
    • Counting
    • Visual perception/spatial awareness
    Content
    • Using units of measurement for making comparisons, estimations and predictions
    • Pattern identification
    • Calendar
    • Seasons
    • Sense of time, including planning for future and remembering past events
    • Classifying, sorting and grouping
    • Identifying shapes
    • Matching like objects
    • Using natural materials to understand how things work in relation to each other in space
  • Science

    Skills
    • Hypothesizing and making predictions
    • Observing using all senses
    • Developing a sense of curiosity
    • Mapping
    • Understanding cause and effect
    Content
    • Stewardship and understanding our responsibility through composting, recycling and understanding linked ecosystems
    • Identifying native plants
    • Understanding life cycles and life spans
    • Learning about habitats and ecosystems
    • Observing seasonal changes, hibernation, migration and weather
    • Mapping
For more information about Laurel's Outdoor Pre-Primary School, please contact Hillary Teague, Assistant Director of Pre-Primary and Primary Admissions at hTeague@LaurelSchool.org or 216-455-3025.
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