Early Childhood Programs

Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards: Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years)

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Strand: Cognitive Skills (applies to all lessons)
Topic: Memory
Topic: Symbolic Thought
A) Sub-Domain: Science
1) Strand: Science Inquiry and Application
a) Topic: Inquiry
2) Strand: Earth and Space Science
a) Topic: Explorations of the Natural World
3) Strand: Life Science
a) Topic Explorations of Living Things
B) Sub-Domain: Mathematics
1) Strand: Number Sense
a) Topic: Number Sense and Counting
2) Strand: Algebra
a) Topic: Group and Categorize
b) Topic: Patterning
3) Strand: Measurement and Data
a) Topic: Describe and Compare Measurable Attributes
C) Sub-Domain: Social Studies
1) Strand: Economics
a) Topic: Scarcity
b) Topic: Production and Consumption
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
1) Strand: Listening and Speaking
a) Topic: Receptive Language and Comprehension
b) Topic: Expressive Languages
c) Topic: Social Communication
2) Strand: Reading
a) Topic: Reading Comprehension

The Early Childhood Programs offered through the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes are designed for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. A typical program is usually one hour in length, but times can be adjusted. Programs can be conducted at the Nature Center or brought to your school. Each program includes an introduction to the program theme, reading of a related age appropriate story, hands-on exploration of related nature items and outdoor discovery time, if applicable. All of our programs follow Early Learning and Development Standards and are listed for each program.

Scheduling & Pricing

Call the Nature Center at (216) 321-5935, ext. 225 to make program reservations. You may call at any time of the year to book your class.

On-site programs cost $90 per class with a maximum of 18 students. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. For off-site pricing information or to register for a pre-school program, contact Catie Yonto at (216) 321-5935, ext. 225 or yonto@shakerlakes.org.

Seasonal programs can be presented as indicated in the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.

Seasonal Programs:
• Fall Happenings
• Winter Happenings
• Spring Happenings
• Summer Happenings
Each season is different from one to the next with animals and plants reacting to the changes in weather patterns. We will take a look at these characteristics of the present season and observe the seasonal changes of the natural world around us.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topics: 1abc, 2a

Monarch Mania: Spring, Summer, Fall
Not only birds make the long journey we know as migration, but so do our fragile friends the Monarch Butterfly. Learn about their life cycle, perilous journey and what gives these butterflies their bright orange and black colors!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Fall Leaf Bonanza: Fall
Red, orange, yellow, and brown all the leaves start falling down! Get ready to explore the outdoors for fall leaves, enjoy the colorful season of fall, and learn why the leaves change color.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a, B1a, B2ab, B3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Life of a Log: Spring, Summer, Fall
When a tree dies many animals big and small depend on the log that is left behind. It becomes a very important home for many animals as it returns nutrients to the soil. Learn who depends on the log and see how the rich soil that is left behind benefits the ecosystem.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Stay at Home Flyers: Fall, Winter
Many of our feathered friends fly away for winter. But did you know that some of them stay behind? Let’s see which birds leave for migration and observe our flying friends who are hanging out for the winter.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a, B1a, B2ab, B3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Around a Pumpkin: Fall (revised Spring & Summer)
In the fall our large orange friend the pumpkin is picked and turned into a jack-o-lantern. But where do pumpkins come from and how do they grow? Learn this and more as we explore the world of plants!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a, B1a, B2ab, B3a, C1ab
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Bushy Tailed Adventures: Fall (can be revised for any season)
Ever wonder where a squirrel lives and how they prepare for winter? Shake those bushy tails as we make an adventure of nutty proportions!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a, B2ab, B3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

The Snow Story: Winter
Do you know how snow is made? Did you know every snowflake is different the other? Put on your winter coats and boots and join us to explore all things snow!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Winter Investigations: Winter
Even in the dead of winter signs of life can be found all around as not all animals hibernate or migrate. Let’s put on those thinking caps, looking eyes and listening ears to search for signs of life in the winter.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Night and Day: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
No matter whether it is night or day there are animals to be found around the nature center. But why do they come out at different times and do some of these animals ever see one another? Even though it is day you can always learn no matter what time it is.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Muckity Mud: Spring, Summer, Fall
Spring is on its way and we all know that means so is that muddy mess from all of those refreshing spring showers. Bring those rain jackets and boots as we learn what makes mud and the unique properties of soil!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Earth is Our Home: Spring (Can be revised for any season)
Our planet Earth is a beautiful and wonderful for plants, animals and humans alike! In order to keep Earth as our home we must do our part to help protect it. Let us learn some simple ways we can be protectors of our own planet!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a, B1a, B2ab, B3a, C1ab
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Rabbits Abound: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Being prey to many predators is not easy, but there are ways to keep safe from being eaten. Learn the ways of the rabbit and how they survive the natural world.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Froggy Time:
Spring, Summer (Can be revised for Fall and Winter)
Hopping around from lily pad to lily pad is not the only thing frogs can do. See how they complete their life cycle and what makes them great swimmers!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Where is that Ladybug: Spring, Summer, Fall
Red with black spots, Ladybugs have always been a favorite of many, but did you know they have a carnivorous appetite? What do they eat and what are the habits of a ladybug?

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Red-Backed Adventures: Spring, Summer
Did you know the only salamander found at the Nature Center is a red-backed salamander? Let’s learn about how these slimy amphibians live and see if we can find these elusive creatures!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Let it Grow: Spring, Summer
Where do seeds come from and what makes them grow? With some soil, sun and water we’ll learn how to take care of them and help our plant friends grow!

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a, C1b
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Wintery Neighbors: Winter
During the winter the forest is still a lively buzz with animals that do not hibernate or stay under ground the whole season. Exploring the forest we’ll look for signs of these neighbors and see who is around.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a

Oh Deer: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
The largest mammal that can be found around the Nature Center, your homes or schools is the white-tailed deer. No matter the season we can find them or signs they have been around. Let’s put up those deer ears and see if we can find our mammalian friends.

Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge
Sub-Domain, Strand(s), Topic(s): A1a, A2a, A3a
Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Strand(s) and Topic(s): 1abc, 2a