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Program Basics

We spend time outdoors each day! Our center is the Balch Nature School indoor/outdoor space at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. We'll plan a few local field trips to learn more about the fields, forests, wetlands and farms in our area.

We offer a distinctive preschool program experience in that children have daily interactions with nature and witness seasonal changes.  Children work with natural materials such as sand, water, clay, sticks, seeds, and plants, and have access to the wealth of resources the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium offers through its facility and educational programs.

Balch Nature PreschoolStudents must be fully toilet trained for this drop-off program.

Maximum class size is 12 students.

Academic year: Sep. 8, 2015 - May 27, 2016

Hours: 8 AM to 11AM

A Sample Day

8 AM Arrival

Opening Circle
Stories, song, dance, conversation, today's weather, introduction to daily theme

Outdoor Discovery
Small group activities that explore the natural world, promote imagination, and build motor skills


Exploration Time
Uninterrupted time to choose activities, inside or outside

Closing Circle
Share the day's reflections and observations, say goodbye

11 AM Dismissal

Our program uses thematic units that relate to the seasons and presents age-appropriate science concepts.  The Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) are integrated into the curriculum so children also learn important early literacy and math skills.

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