Our Farm Sprouts Preschool Program focuses on developing scientific thinking and understanding through discovery, experimentation, and play! Children ages 3-5 years old will have opportunities to explore the farm and surrounding outdoor environment as a part of an inquiry-based approach to learning.
Group sizes are kept to a low child-to-teacher ratio to meet the needs and interests of the child. Seasonally-based projects and investigations are integrated into the program to assist children in reaching developmentally appropriate cognitive learning goals related to science, sustainability, literacy, mathematics, engineering, the arts, social studies, and Spanish as a foreign language.
Children become part of the farm community by engaging in meaningful tasks. Experiential learning opportunities in an outdoor setting promote the development of social, emotional, and physical skills, as well as foster a lifelong connection to nature.
Program Publications: Larm, Brooke. "How do plants and animals prepare for winter?" National Science Teachers Association Science and Children. vol. 55, no. 2, October 2017. p.62-69.
Schedule: Wednesdays / 4 weeks / February 21st - March 14th
Morning Session: 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. / $150 / 3-4 year olds
Afternoon Session: 12:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. / $180 / 4-5 year olds (FULL)
The program fee includes a local and/or organically-grown snack, a collaboration with our Sustainable Agriculture Program.
Financial aid is available for our Farm Sprout Preschool Programs. Visit MSU Tollgate Financial Aid for more information.
Tuesdays / 8 weeks / April 25th - June 13th
Wednesdays / 8 weeks / April 26th - June 14th
Morning Session: 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. / $300 / 3-4 year olds
Afternoon Session: 12:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. / $360 / 4-5 year olds
General registration will open on January 15th, 2018.
The program fee includes a t-shirt and a local and/or organically-grown snack, a collaboration with our Sustainable Agriculture Program.
Stay tuned for details. Visit our blog to read about our 2017 fall season adventures!
“She was enthusiastic when learning about nature. She particularly talked about being able to touch things (like feathers) and told her pediatrician about the “healthy snacks” she gets there.” - Farm Sprouts Parent
"After every class, my daughter excitedly told me about what she did and learned in class. She told me about the composting process (plants and vegetables during into dirt). She told me about bee behavior. She talked to me about taking care of the farm animals and how milking a goat felt like "squishy rubber." She told me about everything there is a to find in a forest. She told me (in very basic terms) about seeing a chick grow inside of an egg. What is amazing is to see how she has built upon what she learned in the previous season and really connected the information." - Farm Sprouts Parent
"I am completely amazed at how well thought out the lessons plans are. Everything the children do is for a purpose and every lesson plan transitions into the next. I am also so very thankful with level of care that everyone involved in the program show towards the children. What a wonderful and caring environment in which these children learn." - Farm Sprouts Parent
"Every semester, Farm Sprouts has exceeded my expectations for providing a nurturing learning experience for my daughter." - Farm Sprouts Parent
"Emotionally and educationally, this program is perfect. It let her explore at her own pace, learn behavior and interaction with other kids. Most importantly, it let her BE a kid while learning appropriate, functional lessons." - Farm Sprouts Parent
"We SO appreciate the blog. This way above and beyond our expectations and we loved it. Not only could we read and see what the kids were into, but it helped our son recall the activities and be able to talk more on it." - Farm Sprouts Parent
"Such thoughtful, age-appropriate best practices being used in the farm setting. Plus the communications from staff is top-notch, and the kindness shown by all staff. There's nothing that compares to this program!" - Farm Sprouts Parent
Would you like to learn more? Visit our blog at www.experiencetollgate.com for a taste of our previous seasons of Farm Sprouts!