Earthlings Outdoor Playschool (ages 3-5)

Meeting the goals of early childhood development through a farm-based education model.

2020 WINTER AND SPRING SESSIONS - NOW OPEN (January 13th thru May 29th)
Our Vision
We believe children are innately curious and it is our job to learn and discover alongside them. Together we will learn how to connect with ourselves, nature and each other while also fostering creativity and social emotional development. 

What does it mean to be an Earthling?
Our focus is to inspire children’s connection to nature, emphasizing the importance of stewardship and care for our families, our communities and our planet. Some concepts and activities include:

Social and Emotional Development
-Working together to feed, brush and care for our farm animals.
-Designing a fort with peers
-Creating a bridge across a puddle
-Building a pond with creeks and dams in the sandbox
-Observing and learning the life cycle of a chicken

Physical Development; large and fine motor
-Adventure hikes into Westwood Hills
-Balancing on logs/climbing over rocks
-Spinning wool for beaded bracelets
-Gently harvesting veggies from the garden
-Carefully holding a handful of worms
-Painting with natural paintbrushes (sticks, kale, flowers)

Farm - Based Curriculum
Our weekly themes, projects and activities emerge directly from the children's interests. We, as educators, are discovering and learning along side the children. By listening to their questions and observing their curiosities we are able to create a curriculum that inspires each individual child as well as the class as a whole. A large part of our curriculum stems from the Farm Based Education Network. 

January 13th thru May 29th
*No class January 20th, February 17th, April 6 - 10 or May 25th. Camps are offered for these days!
*Children must be potty trained

Monday & Wednesday Mornings 9 am - 12 pm
Monday & Wednesday Afternoons 1-4 pm
Tuesday & Thursday Mornings 9 am - 12 pm
Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons 1-4 pm
Friday Morning 9 am - 12 pm
* Early hour from 8:00 - 9:00 and Extra Hour from 12:00 - 1:00 Available
*MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS available at no additional cost

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you need to cancel a registration, a refund may be issued - minus a cancellation fee - provided cancellation takes place at least 8 days before the start date of the program enrolled in. Alternatively, we can transfer the amount paid - minus a lesser cancellation fee - to a new registration or hold as a credit for a future Connolly Ranch program, again provided cancellation takes place at least 8 days before the program start date. If cancellation takes place 8-14 days before the program start date, the cancellation fee for refund is 50%, and for credit is 25%; if cancellation takes place 15 days prior to the program start date or earlier, the cancellation fee for refund is 20%, and for credit is 10%. If cancellation takes place less than 8 days before the program start date, no refund will be issued. 
SCHOLARSHIPS Click here for information about our Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund.

Earthlings Outdoor Educators

Katie Hackett –  Education  Director

Tracy McDaniels – Earthlings/ECE Educator (10 + years: Tuesday/Thursday PM)

Kim Duimstra – Earthlings/ECE Educator (10 + years: Tuesday/Thursday PM & Friday AM)

Natalie Knight – Earthlings/ECE Educator (5th year: Monday – Thursday AM classes)

Kari Estes- Earthlings/ECE Educator (Fridays)