Blog : Winter Is Still Growing Season for Acorn School Students

By Corey | Mar 5, 2015 | in

STRATHAM – Appreciating nature is about embracing all its variability. Especially in New England, it can be sunny and 45 degrees one day, then snowy and freezing the next. Loving nature is wishing for the first elegant snowfall of the season, despite spending hours shoveling the driveway for weeks to come. It is the excitement of seeing the smallest of flowers in bloom, regardless of spring showers having you carry an umbrella at all times. It is the summer sun wrapping you in a warm embrace, even though the beads of sweat are dripping faster than can be controlled. And although you have to pack away all your swimsuits, the irresistible crunch of stepping on leaves of orange, yellow, and red will surely compensate the goodbye of another season.

With the winter still sending mounds of snow our way, it’s inevitable for students especially to get a case of cabin fever. However, wintertime is no exception when it comes to getting the students of Acorn School outside and enthusiastic about learning. A winter day at Acorn finds students and teachers sledding on a “magic carpet” or taking a walk down their nature trail to see what changes the cold weather has brought to the trees and animals.

The pre-K and kindergarten children of Acorn School learn to connect with the environment at an early age, with each student being encouraged to enjoy the benefits that come with each different season. Finding home in Stratham, N.H., the school has taken advantage of its beautiful surroundings to form a curriculum and philosophy that instills a sense of environmental appreciation in their students. The students of this unique school are exposed to their surroundings through nature-based learning. Much of the learning is done through the experience of being outside, whether it is composting, gardening, or visiting animals. In addition to the school’s initiatives on outdoor education, Acorn is highly committed to being an example of the three R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle.

 
The Acorn School is also a business partner of the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members. Families of Acorn School can continue their passion for the environment outside of the classroom by joining the Green Families Club for only $25 (regularly $35) here.

Not only do students receive a personal connection with nature, but they receive a personal connection with the staff. The school is dedicated on creating a close student-teacher relationship for a more effective education through a 1-to-5 student-to-teacher ratio, providing one-on-one interaction, thorough communication, and ensuring personal growth. The curriculum spans from science to theater, world culture to creative arts, music to creative writing, all while teaching students how to be successful learners.

Launched in 1972 by Rebecca Shepard, Acorn School has transformed into an inspiration of early childhood education on the Seacoast. The school encourages students to put an emphasis on the process of learning, rather than the product through experiential learning and a dedicated staff. Whatever the season, it can be assured that Acorn students will be outside adventuring toward a successful education.

Learn more about Acorn School at http://www.acornschoolnh.com/
Find out more about the Green Alliance at http://www.greenalliance.biz/