Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool Program: Sample Week’s Schedule

Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool Program

Sample Day at Wren’s Nest


8:30 a.m. Arrival at Ecolodge at Common Ground.  Ease-in activities such as blocks, books, and clay

8:45 a.m. Morning Nest time

  • Group song “Hello Everybody” with percussion instruments for children to use
  • Gratitude:  asking “What is one thing you feel thankful for today?”  Alternative: “ If you feel thankful for the sun today, wiggle your fingers”
  • Brief description of day’s activities outside
  • Group movement: “fox walking” and “ owl eyes” – tools for being quiet and sneaky in the woods
  • Story or storytelling with children’s participation

9:00 a.m. Game in field or meadow

  • “Hawks and Mice”- a variation of “sharks and minnows” 

9:20 a.m. Hike/ wander through the woods or exploring creek area

  • Instructors will have scouted the area before class to look for interesting sites like animal tracks or a fallen log with lots of bug activity. This influence may guide the direction of the hike and learning. We will try to hike a slightly different path each day.
  • Stopping to play games like “ Eagle Eye” or developing a “rope/tree system” for children to use large muscles for climbing.
  • Snack
  • Unstructured exploration of an area; ex. RockaMoss
  • Collect materials for later project: leaves and twigs

11:30 a.m. Return to Ecolodge

  • Read/tell one or more stories, allow for resting bodies
  • Drink water
  • Lunch

12:00 p.m. Art project; make headbands with the leaves we have gathered with twigs as fasteners

12:45 p.m.  Final Nest and rest time

  • Song: “ My Roots Go Down” or “Goodbye Song”
  • “Roses and Thorns”:  Each child has a chance to share what their favorite part of the day was, as well as any part of the day that was challenging for them.

12:50 p.m.  Game -“Bear, Salmon, Mosquito!”- rock, paper, scissors and tag mixed together

3:00 p.m.  Parent pick-up


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