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Healthy Child Development


Today, there is a lot of pressure for kids to move a little faster, grow up a little sooner, and act a little older than they really are. This too much, too soon approach to childhood ignores what we know about how children grow and learn, and it carries a hefty price. The unintended consequence of a "sooner is better" approach is that it often overlooks the foundational skills that are typically developed in early childhood.


What would happen if a builder, in his anxiety to erect the perfect building, simply skipped over the vital step of pouring a foundation? Real learning is built on a strong foundation.


The knowledge that forms the foundation for reading and writing is built throughout early childhood through play, language, and literary experiences.


We Value Developmentally Appropriate Practice


Healthy development for preschool children comes from introducing the critical skills that children need and introducing them in an appropriate sequence.

Marbles Farm supports experiences that reinforce crucial developmental milestones which include: Sensory Systems / Sensory & Perceptual Motor Development / Cognition Intellect.

Marbles Farm certified teachers and outdoor specialists have been educated in teaching powerful play-based outdoor learning experiences as well as indoor foundational learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children ages 3 to 6.

"Time in nature is not leisure time;

it's an essential investment in our children's health."

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

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Benefits of Connecting With Nature


Childhood has changed dramatically in recent decades. The most significant change has been the decline of children's playful and self-led exploration of the natural world. This "extinction of experience" has had a negative impact on children's health and well-being. 


Putting this more positively, research is showing that regular access to quality natural spaces can help address some of the most pressing challenges facing children today.


Numerous scientific research studies and publications show that regular access to quality natural spaces leads to these benefits:


  • positively impacts academic performance

  • increases physical activity

  • improves nutrition

  • improves eyesight

  • improves social relations

  • reduces stress

  • enhances cognitive ability

  • improves self-discipline​




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