Toddler and Preschool Classes
Introducing Yellow Bird Nature School!
In response to making sure that our children and families stay safe, healthy and happy, yet find opportunities to socialize and be creative, we will be offering a new class this year, Yellow Bird Nature School. Yellow Bird Nature School (YBNS) will incorporate the joy and benefits of being outdoors while learning about nature and engaging in a variety of experiences for creativity and self-expression.
YBNS is led by Yellow Bird Studio art teacher Florie Reber, who has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Florida Master Naturalist Certificate. She will bring a balance of structured and unstructured learning opportunities that will help children and their families develop a respect and appreciation for the natural world and develop their creativity.
This class is especially great for families who are choosing to keep their children home due to the Covid-19 virus, but would like an option for their children to benefit from being around other children to develop their social/emotional/cognitive/creative skills in an outdoor setting.
1. Provide children with a safe environment to interact with each other to develop good social skills.
2. Connect children to nature using all their senses to develop a lifelong passion, appreciation and respect for the environment.
3. Allow children to use their whole bodies as they move throughout a range of landscapes.
4. Experience the therapeutic benefit of being in nature for good mental health and stress relief.
5. Create structured and unstructured opportunities with multiple media that nurture children's imagination, creativity and self-esteem.
6. Provide caregivers with a chance to connect with each other and offer mutual support and encouragement
7. Provide families an opportunity to explore and learn about the natural riches of our local city, county and state parks with an experienced naturalist.
Location: One of our goals is to give you an opportunity to visit and explore a variety of Florida habitats. We will meet in a variety of city, county and state parks throughout the Tampa/St. Pete area during each four week session. Some will be close to South Tampa, others may be a 40 minute drive. Specific parks for each session will be posted in August 2020, but are subject to change.
Covid-19 Precautions: All social gatherings have a risk for transmission of Covid-19. By joining this class, you are aware of the risks of social gathring and are responsible for the health of your family and agree to help keep others in the group safe. Masks and social distancing are encouraged, however, please know that young children do find it hard to understand and do these precautionary habits. YBS teachers will wear masks when unable to social distance, but may go mask-less when giving some instructions or lessons while maintaining a safe distance. Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 or who has been in contact with anyone with a positive diagnosis is asked to stay home. For more information about how to stay safe, please visit: Hillsborough County Covid-19 Information
If in the future the recommendations from health and government officials change, for either more, or less restrictions, the class may or not continue as described.
Refunds and Make-up Classes: There are no refunds for this class. Class will be canceled if the weather is too rainy (please check your email for notifications). In the event that a class is cancelled, a make-up date will be arranged by us. If you are unable to attend on your regular day, you may join us on a different day as your make-up day, even if it is not during the session you signed up for.
Nature School for Preschoolers Ages 3-6
Time: Choose Tuesdays or Wednesdays 10:00-12:30
Cost: $95 per 4 week session; $75 for additional sibling Register Now
Session 1: September 1/2 through September 22/23
Session 2: September 29/30 through October 20/21
Session 3: October 26/27 through November 17/18
Session 4: December 1/2 through January 5/6 (No class December 22/23, 29/30)
Session 5: TBA
Session 6: TBA
Session 7: TBA
Session 8: TBA
Session 9: TBA
9:30-9:45 Free Play: Social and Gross Motor Skill Development
9:45-10:00 Circle Time: Songs, Games, Puppet Show
10:00-10:45 Hike: Nature Lessons and Observations
10:45-11:00 Share Time/ Lesson
11:00- 11:15 Story and a Snack (bring your own food and drink each time)
11:15- 11:45: Seasonal Arts and Crafts (Individual and/or Cooperative)
11:45-12:00 Goodbye Circle; Free Play
Mini-Nature School for Toddlers Ages 2-3
Time: Thursdays 10-11:30
Cost: $75 per 4 week session; $60 for additional sibling
Dates: TBA Please contact us if you are interested in this class. If we have enough interest, we will start it in the fall.
*Toddler Classes will follow more of a sequence rather than a hard time schedule to allow for more flexibility for the mood and interest of the children during each class.
Arrival and Free Play
Songs and Games
Story and Snack (Please bring your own snack and drinks to each class)
Process Art Experience