Have You Heard About Natural Classroom? Curious Minds Learning Center Offers It

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Tour the campus of an early childhood education provider in your area, and chances are, you will be treated to a grand excursion of their physical facility: the safe, comfortable, convenient, well ventilated and well lighted areas where kids purportedly would have a great time studying and playing with the state of the art equipment and gadgets; their spanking new library replete with equally newly minted books and other educational materials; their dining areas where children would miraculously get back their appetite for lunch and snacks.

In their eagerness to show off their campus, they sometimes forget to introduce their faculty to you.

Tour the campus of Curious Minds Learning Center, the top notch childcare center in Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera CA and you will be treated to an orientation of different kind.

First off, Curious Minds Learning Center is housed in the Marketplace Shopping Center in Corte Madera that naturally allows us much connection with the local community. But this topic would be reserved for another article.

The Natural Classroom

The focus of this particular blog is the natural classroom of your childcare center in Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera CA.

Just what is a natural classroom?

It is a special and integral part of the Oak Class program at Curious Minds Learning Center. By the way, our school maintains two class programs – one is Oak Class which is for three and a half to five year olds, the other is Willow Class which is appropriate for the younger twos-young threes.

Once a week, children from Oak Class are dropped off and picked up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary in Tiburon for a four hour natural classroom day, which runs from 9am to 1pm.

Taking our cue from Richard Louv’s work, Last Child in the Woods, we at CMLC seek opportunities to make intentional connections with the natural world through our regular trips to the Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary. Through these weekly excursions, children develop meaningful relationships with a special place that changes with the seasons, the tides, and the weather. We are constantly amazed at the different personalities that emerge away from the walls of the classroom.

Our mission behind this unique program of connecting children with nature is to give them time to explore freely. As with all elements of our program, the curriculum in the natural classroom is emergent and develops from the observations and interests of the children.
Children carry their own small daypack with their snack/lunch and a water bottle.

Sign up for a different kind of campus tour with Curious Minds Learning Center, the one of a kind childcare center in Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera CA. You can always drop by our office at 47A Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA 94925, or give us a ring at 415-927-2616. Please send us a message at info@cmlcmarin.com.

Even for us –adults — communing with nature always proves to be a welcome respite. How much more for our kids? We would be glad to hear your stories about your trips in the wild. Just post them in the space below.

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