Orchard Preschool, Classroom Pop-In: Nature and Dramatic Play Go Hand in Hand
It’s no secret that dramatic play is crucial to early childhood development, especially in preschool-aged children. Amazing things can happen when a student is given the freedom to expand their imagination, build confidence, and encounter important social interactions with their peers.
Add nature to this concept, along with teachers who fully engage with their students, and you’ve reached a new level of learning. Only at Orchard will you find teachers sitting by the water wearing food strainers on their heads because the kids have declared that it’s “hat day.”
As Richard Louv, the author of the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, would say, "We should not think of a child's experience in nature as an extracurricular activity. It should be thought of as vital to children's health and development."
Orchard couldn’t agree more with that statement. Enjoy the photos below as we popped-in on a preschool class out at Orchard’s water feature.