Author: Diane Thureson

Inquiry Education–What Is It?

“Once you have learned how to ask questions—relevant and appropriate and substantial questions—you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know.” The philosophy behind the quote This quote comes from a book from 1969 by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner called Teaching as […]

Nature Center Preschool May/June News

NCP monthly news May_June 2014

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Nature is our Playground

Some families wonder why we don’t have manufactured, outdoor play structures.  The short answer is that nature is our playground.  But let’s look at what nature has to offer children and the ways that they are learning and gaining gross motor mastery.  Nature Center Preschool is fortunate to have a variety of natural spaces for […]

STEM Learning in Preschool

                                      Educational leaders, policy makers and politicians are all in agreement that STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, education is crucial to the future of our country and world.  Innovation is what keeps us competitive globally but perhaps more importantly, provides new discoveries in the areas of environmental and conservation sciences to create a […]

Learning Through Discovery

              Young children are natural explorers and scientists.  When you think about how scientists make new discoveries you realize that it all starts with questions.  Questions lead to hypotheses and experimentation.  Results of the experiment are excitedly shared with colleagues where discussion and analysis lead to a conclusion about […]