Sunday, 19 May 2024

Nature Explore Classroom opens in Lake County

One of Bundle of Joy Nature Preschool Childcare’s students enjoying time outside with a friend. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Jean Goulart, founder of Bundle of Joy Nature Preschool Childcare established in 2000, announced the opening of a 100% outdoor nature classroom for preschool age children.

A Nature Explore Classroom is a dynamic, nature-based outdoor space developed by research-based, field-tested design principles focusing on youth education and whole child development.

Scientific literature supports that children benefit from spending extended time outdoors. While having fun, the whole child is nurtured, encouraging social and emotional development, self-regulation, and physical development.

Outdoor play also supports children's problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness, and resourcefulness.

Bundle of Joy provides children with memorable adventures while they learn and grow.

“My goal is to connect with my community to raise awareness of the learning potential our earth gives us when we play outside in a no walls nature-based environment from early childhood and throughout our lives,” said Goulart.

Bundle of Joy Nature Explore offers Mornings in Nature, an adventure designed for preschoolers. It is a seven-week session, three mornings per week. Mother Nature serves as both our teacher and classroom. Continuous enrollment is available to experience the seasons of northern California.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing,” Goulart said, quoting Alfred Wainwright from his 1973 book “Coast to Coast.”

Goulart added, “Layering, long sleeves plus a hat for sun protection, and rainboots for puddle jumping are the best California weather safeguards.”

Bundle of Joy Nature Explore is accepting enrollment for 2022 March-April session Mornings in Nature at Bennett Ranch in Hidden Valley Lake Ranchos.

“I always wanted to grow something at Bennett Ranch, my family home. One day I realized that I do, and the something I grow is children, from infancy through childhood!” Goulart said. “Additionally, I help parents discover the joyous side of parenting.”

Families are invited to explore together at Bennett Ranch during weekend excursions.

Jean Goulart, M.A., an Early Childhood Educator, California Naturalist, Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist II. Bundle of Joy Nature Explore is an OCP Network Demonstration Site, and a Certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom since 2015. It is Lake County’s first early learning and care program to score the highest Tier 5 star rating with Quality Counts California Consortium.

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