Elements Preschool Is Now Open

Photo courtesy of elementspreschool.com

Photo courtesy of elementspreschool.com

Earlier this year, I wrote about Elements Preschool, the urban nature preschool which was about to open on the Lower East Side. They had just finished designing their facility, which includes a carefully crafted large backyard rich with naturalistic elements. Shilpa Sethi, the founder of Elements Preschool, reached out to let me know that the school is up and running, and their summer program started last month!

Check out the video below for a look inside Elements, and to learn more about their story:

Elements Preschool has created a safe environment for children to learn and play within a Forest-school inspired indoor and outdoor curriculum. Daily activities include art, music and movement, thematic nature experiences, and development of gross and fine motor skills. Children engage in these activities through nature exploration, gardening, structured indoor activities, and play time.

Kids who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often, have a higher level of self worth, and have reduced symptoms of ADD, anxiety, and behavioral disorders. They also have longer attention spans and lower stress levels, according to research from the University of Colorado. However, it seems as though children are spending less and less time outdoors – I found this marketing piece for Nature Valley interesting, as it shows how much children’s relationships to nature have changed in just one generation:

At schools like Elements, it’s possible to make sure our children get enough time to explore, learn, and play in a natural environment – even in the middle of NYC. Elements Preschool is currently accepting applications for 2015-2016 preschool, available for children 1.5 – 5 years of age. There is a registration fee of $80 for all new applications, and a security deposit of 10% of annual tuition is due with registration. To learn more, you can check out the Elements Preschool website, email info@elementspreschool.com, or call 212-982-4444. My son, at 7 months old, is a bit young to start at Elements, but I hope to have him check it out soon!

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