Sunhouse Nature School offers a unique evidence-based curriculum that blends hands-on learning, imaginative play, and environmental citizenship to enrich your child's cognitive, motor, and social-emotional development. Discover our learning approach of inquiry-based play.
A barrier to high-quality early education is flexibility, so we offer month-to-month registration with classes running each day of the week. Each month's curriculum builds on learning from previous months, but also offers a complete four-week educational experience - so you can join us at any time. Discover the exciting subjects planned for each month here, and register the spots that fit your family.
Our intake process involves getting to know your child and how they learn, so that we can match them to a group that balances different learning styles, developmental stages, and social-support needs. Each child can learn from one another, get the individualized support they need, and thrive!
Community Walk & Check-ins
Children are invited to start the day with check-ins during our morning walk. We then enjoy an upbeat bonding activity that allows children to share ideas, laughs, and curiosities about the day's topics - all while connecting with their peers.
With our minds activated about today’s topic, it's time to play some high-energy movement games together! We play fun games that integrate real environmental vocabulary and concepts, so children can have a blast, exercise their gross motor skills, and learn without even realizing it!
Hands-on Nature Learning
After some exercise, children’s minds are primed to focus and retain new ideas. Our educators will engage the class with a story that dives into the curious details of the day's topic, making sure to relate it to each child's interests. Soon enough, everyone is piping up to share their ideas with the group! We then explore the topic with a hands-on activity that allows children to act out these new concepts through fun group adventure games, learning real skills along the way!
Snack & Body Break
Here's our chance to refuel, stretch our bodies, bond with our buddies, or calmly connect with the beauty of our surroundings.
Nature-Based Creativity Prompts
Using both our own and natural materials, children are able to create wild and wonderful projects with unique and exciting prompts. Children can expand on their learning, express themselves, and master their fine-motor skills. This often leads naturally into imaginative free-play, as children use their creations to explore their environment and create their own games. Child-led play in nature not only creates lifelong memories, it's also incredible for their socialization, problem-solving, and creativity!
Community Story & Song Circle
Groups have a chance to enjoy an interactive story or song, where children can act out imaginative adventures that support their literacy and social-emotional learning. This is no ordinary story-time - we actively engage each child in the story to enhance their reading comprehension - while sharing lots of laughs!
Community Walk & Reflections
Before we have to say goodbye for the day, we play a fun group-sharing game to reflect on the morning. As we walk back for pick-up, we enjoy some silly songs and games that foster our budding friendships.