Our program for 4 year olds and older 3’s can be summed up by this beautiful quote from Maria Montessori, “A child, more than anyone else, is a spontaneous observer of nature.” Children naturally explore the world around them and communicate their discoveries using different mediums. The nature/outdoor preschool program builds on these curiosities by using a balance of child- and teacher-directed activities to foster social, physical, cognitive, and language development. The J.F. Hall Trail, creeks, and wooded areas surrounding the Lab School as well as the indoor Atelier (art studio) are ideal venues for scientific observations and discoveries. Nature-based activities will integrate science, math, literacy, and the arts while encouraging cooperative learning and social skills. Our nature-based curriculum encourages children to explore forest, and wetland habitats, developing a deep love for nature while strengthening the skills necessary to articulate their findings.

Meet the Master Teacher: Katie Pollock

Katie has worked as a Master Teacher at the Laboratory School for 12 years. She has taken on many different teaching roles, including full day Kindergarten, Pre-K, and Play & Grow. When the Lab School moved off campus to our new building on Wyoming Road, she was thrilled by the surrounding nature on site. Creek explorations, woods walks, and trail adventures became a bigger part of her curriculum. Katie loves watching the children soak up the peace, energy, and wonder that comes from being outside. Prior to her time at the Lab School, she taught for the Christina School District. Katie earned an MS in Literacy from Wilmington University and a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware. She is a licensed Delaware teacher of Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education, an Early Childhood Administrator in Delaware, and teaches an undergraduate course for the Human Development and Family Studies Department at the University of Delaware.