“Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” a 2008 national bestseller by Richard Louv about the importance of nature on children's physical and emotional development.
“Outdoor Learning: The Secret to Improving Behaviour in Schools,” a 2016 Guardian article about how learning outdoors helps students socially and academically.
“Quality Outdoor Play Spaces for Young Children,” a 2014 report by the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the benefits of outdoor play for children’s wellness.
“Outdoor Learning: Education’s Next Revolution?” a 2014 Salon article about the benefits of outdoor learning for students of all ages.
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Mario and Anna Vina visited over 50 preschools in the Los Angeles area while obtaining their teaching credentials. During observation, they noticed that students who spent more time outdoors seemed happier and more excited about learning. With this in mind, they made it their goal to create a fun, loving outdoor educational experience for the children to feel like they could explore and enjoy nature to the fullest extent.
Mario and Anna Vina owned and operated a preschool in LA for seven years while saving up to pursue their dream of acquiring land and opening a farm school. In 2007, they opened Farm School on a four-acre ranch. The location, surrounded by picturesque lemon and avocado orchards, permits an outdoor classroom environment where children learn as much from their surroundings as they do from their teachers. Read more about their philosophy here.
Our qualified staff take a personal interest in their teaching and of the individual child. They view education as much more than the training of minds. Their dedicated and caring ways help the child develop to be an intelligent, caring and confident human being. All children are treated with love and respect, and learn to love and respect others in return. Farm School teachers are First Aid and CPR certified. Our generous staff-to-child ratio ensures individual attention for every child. Children will feel like it's their home away from home.
MOTHER GOOSE TIME PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM
We believe that children benefit from routine and structure. Each day around 10:00 a.m. we have circle time. During this time, we draw on materials from the Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum. Using research in neurobiology, behavioral science and the social sciences, Mother Goose Time provides learning materials aligned with California state standards and Head Start indicators. Students are engaged through music, art, logic games and hands-on investigation to promote their:
Social and emotional development
Language and literacy
Math and reasoning
Social studies skills
Second language acquisition
However, the curriculum is only a jumping off point. Children connect concepts in the curriculum to their outdoor experiences throughout the day. For example, students can practice numbers by counting the legs on insects or farm animals, describe the weather based on the sensations they feel on their skin, or learn colors with a game of I Spy.