October After School Nature Play at Crane Estate
Thursdays 10/03-10/24, 2:30-4PM

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October 2019

Member Child: $115 - Nonmember Child: $144
Registration is for the full 4-week series

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Nature play is about connecting children to their envirnment, to their bodies, and to their peers. This kind of play has been shown to positively affect childrens'' physical, mental, and emotional health including reducing stress and anxiety and improving coordination, attention, and creativity. Unfortunately most children currently spend less than 30 minutes per week in unstructured outdoor play. 

This after-school drop-off series is designed with the Ispwich Public School system''s early release days in mind, but is open to anyone in 1st-3rd grade. Feel free to register for one day or the full series! Keep in mind that spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

Dates in this series: October 3, 10, 17, and 24.

Each session will begin with a walk from our home base (the barn at the Crane Estate) to our outdoor base camp. There we will have an opening circle to help us get to know each other, a short time of quietly sitting and taking in our surroundings, and then free time.

Unstructured, child-initiated, spontaneous play is incredibly important for social and creative development. Our staff will be in a ratio of 1:6 and will act as "guides on the side" for this portion of the afternoon, stepping in when needed and otherwise acting as vigilant observers. I am a first aid/CPR certified, experienced educator and am there to support, question, extend, and enhance childrens'' experience.

Please send your child with a water bottle, a snack, and outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather including sturdy shoes, a raincoat, and clothes that can get dirty. We will be outside rain or shine! If there is risk of lightning we will move our activities into the barn. Transportation may be available from Winthrop Elementary if needed - contact vsindorf@thetrustees.org to inquire. 

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