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“Children will learn to listen to languages in nature, through active, hands-on explorations & appreciate the beauty of our natural world.”

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~ Children Play & Learn Outdoors in Nature Every Day ~


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Mission Statement

The mission of Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, is to immerse children ages 3-5 in a safe, Outdoor Environment, where they can actively Explore, Imagine, Create, & Thrive through Active, Play & Child-Led Learning. The Natural Spaces & Small, Multi-Age groups engage children in Problem-Solving & Cooperative Social Interactions, & embrace your child’s Curiosities, Senses, & Skills. Foundations for Literacy, STEM, & other content areas occur naturally in our Hands-On Explorations.

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About Us

Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, is a multi-age Forest School Program 

6 Children Max Per Day; Ages 3-5

We comply with all NYS regulations and CDC & DOH guidelines for health & safety. 

These protocols include: wearing masks both indoors & out, except while eating,

& other routines to vigilantly mitigate the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.

We implement all cleaning standards per NY OCFS-6041. 

We carefully follow NY Temperature & Windchill charts for safe exposure in all weather.  When conditions are extreme, we will come indoors for breaks until it is safe to go back outdoors.  We do play outdoors in most weather conditions. Families are expected to follow guidance for dressing children appropriately each day.

Please contact us for more details regarding how we provide a safe space for children to play & learn,

per NY mandates, CDC, & DOH protocols.

Fully licensed & insured 

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            Hands-On, Child-Led Explorations & Projects

emerge through curiosities & inquiries

about our wild world.

Developmentally Appropriate learning of:

Early Literacy

Numeracy

Sciences

Independence & Social Skills

Ethics

Multi-Age Relationships

Creative Arts

                          Wellness & Core Strength 

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Children's Curiosities Build Our Space & Direct Our Learning!  Our large, fenced-in outdoor PLAYSCAPE inspires Free Exploration in our huge Sandy Pit, Muddy Kitchen, Gem Rock Box, Crate Construction, Fairy Garden, and many areas for Sensory experiences.  Gross Motor activity is critical to children's brain development, & there is plenty of space for Running & Active Play!  Gardens include vegetables, herbs, & sustainable grass.  We collect rain & dig through snow!

Our Walking Field Trips take us through adjacent community green spaces, along nature trails, to Harris Whalen Park.  We enjoy the journey, & along the way we play among the trees, run & roll down expansive hills, & explore the wild wooded landscape. 

Social problem-solving lays a foundation for our interactions & relationships, to build independence, perseverance & patience within our multi-age group.  When it comes to learning new skills & ideas: “If we don’t know how, we’ll figure it out!” 

Biography

“I am Marne Parmelee, NYS-Certified  (N-6) teacher with 30 years full-time (4 years pt) experience teaching Prek, Kindergarten, & 1st Grade.  In 2018, I created Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, as a unique licensed forest school, to provide high-quality, Nature Play opportunities in a space where children's Brain & Body Development & Sensory Expressions can unfold: sing, sculpt, draw, write, act out, dance, experiment, build, revise, negotiate, etc.

 I encourage & support children to share ideas, question, explore, symbolize, problem solve, & create in unique ways, while developing Independence & meaningful, cooperative  Social Relationships.

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