WE ARE SO EXCITED TO WELCOME YOUR FAMILY!
Creation Ridge preschool classes will provide 3 and 4 year olds exploratory and sensory experiences in an outdoor classroom and nature-based environment. These experiences bring many benefits to students, and at Creation Ridge, we have the added benefit of learning more about God in the midst of his beautiful creation.
Each day, students begin their school experience outside with amazing adventures and nature-based learning opportunities. Our outdoor playscape is alive with water, sand, natural climbing structures, sliding, painting, pretend play, and so much more!
English and Spanish Immersion Options
Session A: Tuesday/Thursday AM
Session B: Monday/Wednesday/Friday AM
Session C: Tuesday/Thursday AM
Session D: Monday/Wednesday/Friday AM
Session E: Monday/Wednesday/Friday PM
Session F: Monday/Wednesday/Friday AM
General daily schedule:
8:40 - Arrival Time (Backpacks will be hung in the mudroom)
8:45 - Outdoor Play (Outdoor Classroom/Playscape)
9:45 - Large Group/Stump circle - Outside
10:00 - Hike - Outside
10:45 - Snack - Inside or Outside
11:10 - Small group - Inside or Outside
11:25 - Closing
11:30 - Dismissal
LEARNING AT CREATION RIDGE
- Explorational experiences every day!
- Mud, water, animal tracks, rocks, stumps, and much more to explore!
- Classes are outside in all weather, except extreme weather conditions.
- The majority of class time is outdoors.
- Classes engage in an outdoor classroom and take daily hikes around the property.
- Each student wears an Oaki suit.
*Please see below for the Creation Ridge Gear List*
CREATION RIDGE EXPLORERS *NEW for 2021-2022*
Explorers 1: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM
Explorers 2: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 PM
Would your child love the outdoor experience at Creation Ridge but not as a typical preschool class? Consider enrolling your child in one afternoon a week at Creation Ridge.
This multi-age class of 3-5-year-olds will gather with a team of teachers to hike, participate in devotions, prayer, and singing, read a great book, explore God’s creation, and play on the natural playscape. Explorers classes do not take the place of a three-school or preschool class, as the teachers will not be doing assessments, progress reports, or conferences. Short weekly newsletters will give parents an idea of what kids are learning while exploring.
Oakiwear will be provided on-site so parents do not need to purchase this on their own. We are excited to share Creation Ridge with more kids and families next year through Explorers!
Gear Needed at Creation Ridge
A Zeeland Christian School Nature-Based Preschool in Partnership with Ridge Point Community Church and Outdoor Discovery Center located on 155 acres at Ridge Point Community Church.
Ridge Point Community Church approached Zeeland Christian in the Spring of 2019 about the idea of a nature-based preschool on their grounds. ZCS is in the midst of a nature-rich initiative on its own campus and with Ridge Point's emphasis on the Christian aspect of a nature-based preschool, it is a Spirit-led and natural partnership.
Outdoor Discovery Center
We are excited to partner with the Outdoor Discovery Center Education Network as we launch Creation Ridge in the fall of 2020. Their expertise in outdoor education and nature-based preschool experiences will guide us as we start our own nature-based preschool through Zeeland Christian School.