Puddle Jumpers
Nature Preschool 

Subtitle

The Active Healthy Alternative to indoor based preschool programs.
Learning in a Natural Environment Helps 
Children Grow Healthier, Happier, Stronger and Smarter!

Puddle Jumpers Nature Preschool offers nature based, hands on learning which fosters discoveries that integrate Science, Math, Literacy, and the Arts. We offer a kind & cooperative learning environment that instills values of environmental stewardship & love for the natural world and all it's gifts. 

We are a small Family owned and operated community nature preschool program. We offer wonderfully low class ratios far below the industry standards. Our low ratios demonstrate our preschool's commitment to each child's safety, happiness & early education. 

Our age 3-5 classes are Montessori style mixed age groups with 2 Teachers & 12 Preschoolers. 

The age 2 Caterpillar class ratio is 2 Teachers & 8 Toddlers. 

Puddle Jumpers ratios: 
2 teachers per 12 preschoolers
2 teachers per 8 toddlers
NC state required preschool ratios:
Age 2 ~ 1 teacher per 12 toddlers
Age 3~ 1 teacher per 15 preschoolers
Age 4~ 1 teacher per 20 preschoolers
Age 5+ ~ 1 teacher per 25 students

What makes Puddle Jumpers Nature Preschool so different? 

Why do we believe in teaching preschool backwards? Simply put, there is a status quo in early childhood education. 

Unchanged. Unchallenged. Unhealthy. Uninspired. Visit the places that offer a traditional preschool education. There's one on every corner. 

They're all working from the same basic blueprint. Every "classroom" is basically the same with very little differentiation.

Traditional preschools are still teaching the same old antiquated model of come in, sit down, be quiet, be still, fight every instinct you have to be active and social, get used to doing what we command and begin learning to stay inside your little cubicle for your own good. 

Has this ever been good for children? 

Does it inspire creative learning or new discoveries? 

Does it teach children to love learning? 

Or does it just break a child's spirit?

We believe in teaching preschool backwards because our mission was to create a school that teaches the way children actually learn.

We provide Active Learning in a continuously changing Awe Inspiring Living Classroom!
ACTIVE LEARNING OUTDOORS IN NATURE?
Yes it's different.
Yes it challenges the status quo.
But why?

Have children changed or has childhood just changed for this generation of children?

We are passionate about getting children outdoors actively learning in the natural environment. Letting them move, run, jump, climb and play! Children's bodies still need this to grow strong and healthy. Children's minds still need this to be inspired to learn about the world around them. CHILDHOOD is disappearing but a child's need for it remains. Another health benefit of nature preschool is the Fresh air and sunshine!  It helps to be outside in the fresh air instead of cooped up inside 4 walls breathing in recycled air full of germs and viruses. Nature preschoolers have lower illness rates and build a stronger immune system. Scientists have proven the microbial benefits of exposure to the natural world.

We believe in teaching preschool backwards because children who are given time to be active, creative and social are more willing & ready to learn. Children learn best through the exploration of their senses. We provide amazing opportunities for each child to be in a constant dialogue with their surroundings by promoting different ways to explore the natural world. Through this all senses engaged experimentation children develop cognitive, problem solving, critical thinking, descriptive language and observation skills. Sensory activities also help to strengthen fine motor skills, critical for writing.

Your children are going to come home dirty & tired! 

A happy healthy childhood is ACTIVE, messy and experimental.

It is how children begin to truly love learning. A worksheet never inspired anyone to love learning!

Children will have many years of formal schooling ahead where they will be required to sit still, be quiet, walk in straight lines, be taught what to learn not how to learn, wait patiently and suffer from being cooped up spending their whole day indoors. The preschool years are made for 1st friendships, creative expression, exciting discoveries, being loud , exuberant and full of movement! Children should be allowed to Run, climb, jump, dance, sing, laugh, be silly, have fun and play. With preschool age children it is the process not the product that is most important in inspired early learning.

Yes we teach preschool backwards!
We believe CHILDHOOD has value!
We believe CHILDREN have the right to learn in an environment that celebrates childhood!
If you want the status quo in preschool education there are a million options up and down this very road. 

Pick one. Any one. They're all the same.
Unchanged. Unchallenged. Unhealthy. Uninspired!

Why does Puddle Jumpers Teaches Preschool Backwards?
Because Teachers who Love to Teach
Inspire Children who Love to Learn!
We are The Change we Wish to See in the World♡

Our preschool year runs from August to May. We prefer that all students start at the beginning of the preschool year if possible, however we do offer open enrollment throughout the year if space allows. Please call for current enrollment options. 

We welcome many military families at Puddle Jumpers. To honor their service to our country we offer a 10% discount on tuition for active duty and veterans. We also offer a sibling discount of 10% on the 2nd child enrolled. Please speak with us for more details. 

BUMBLEBEE CLASS
Ages 3.5-5 Pre-K
8 am - 12 pm

2 Day Enrollment options:

Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 
$240 Monthly Tuition 
3 Day Enrollment option:
Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thurs/Fri
$340 Monthly Tuition
5 Day Enrollment- Mon-Fri 
$500 Monthly Tuition 
This class is best suited for adventurous preschoolers ages 3.5-5. 
This class offers plenty of active outdoor play! Potty training is NOT required for enrollment!

Annual registration and supply fee of $100. per child is due upon preschool enrollment and each February to reserve your child's spot for the upcoming preschool year. This fee is not pro-rated. Preschoolers are required to have the appropriate outerwear for all seasons including raincoats & rain boots. 

We take learning outdoors year round 
in all safe weather!
Registration fee and 1st month's tuition are required to reserve your spot. 
Payments are non-refundable.

GRASSHOPPER CLASS
Ages 2.5-3.5
8:30 am-12:30 pm

2 Day Enrollment options:

Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 
$240 Monthly Tuition 
3 Day Enrollment option:
Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thurs/Fri
$340 Monthly Tuition
5 Day Enrollment- Mon-Fri 
$500 Monthly Tuition 
This class is best suited for adventurous preschoolers ages 2.5- 3.5. 
This class offers plenty of active outdoor play! Potty training is NOT required for enrollment!

Annual registration and supply fee of $100. per child is due upon preschool enrollment and each February to reserve your child's spot for the upcoming preschool year. This fee is not pro-rated. Preschoolers are required to have the appropriate outerwear for all seasons including raincoats & rain boots. 

We take learning outdoors year round
 in all safe weather!
Registration fee and 1st month's tuition are required to reserve your spot. 
Payments are non-refundable.

DRAGONFLY CLASS
Ages 2.5-4
 8:45 am-12:45 pm

2 Day Enrollment options:

Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs  
$240 Monthly Tuition
3 Day Enrollment option:
Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thurs/Fri
$340 Monthly Tuition
5 Day Enrollment- Mon-Fri
$500 Monthly Tuition  
This class is best suited for adventurous preschoolers ages 2.5-4 years.
 This class offers plenty of active outdoor play! Potty training is NOT required for enrollment!

Annual registration and supply fee of $100. per child is due upon preschool enrollment and each February to reserve your child's spot for the upcoming preschool year. This fee is not pro-rated. Preschoolers are required to have the appropriate outerwear for all seasons including raincoats & rain boots. 

We take learning outdoors year round 
in all safe weather!
Registration fee and 1st month's tuition are required to reserve your spot. 
Payments are non-refundable.

Email enrollment paperwork to us at: puddlejumpersnaturepreschool@gmail.com 

BUTTERFLY CLASS
Ages 3.5-5 Pre-K

9 am- 1 pm

                   2 Day Enrollment options:

Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs
$240 Monthly Tuition 
3 Day Enrollment option:
Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thurs/Fri
$340 Monthly Tuition
5 Day Enrollment- Mon-Fri 
$500 Monthly Tuition
This class is best suited for adventurous preschoolers ages 3.5-5.
This class offers plenty of active outdoor play! Potty training is NOT required for enrollment!

Annual registration and supply fee of $100. per child is due upon preschool enrollment and each February to reserve your child's spot for the upcoming preschool year. This fee is not pro-rated. Preschoolers are required to have the appropriate outerwear for all seasons including raincoats & rain boots. 

We take learning outdoors year round 
in all safe weather!
Registration fee and 1st month's tuition are required to reserve your spot. 
Payments are non-refundable.

CATERPILLAR CLASS
Toddlers Age 2 only
9:15 am-12:15 pm

2 Day Enrollment options:

Mon/Wed 
or 
Tues/Thurs  
$200 Monthly Tuition
This class is best suited to our youngest toddlers and is for 2's only. 
This class provides a gentle transition from home and offers a wonderful opportunity for socializing and first friendships. Potty training is NOT required for enrollment! 
Annual registration and supply fee of $100. per child is due upon preschool enrollment and each February to reserve your child's spot for the upcoming preschool year. This fee is not pro-rated. Preschoolers are required to have the appropriate outerwear for all seasons including raincoats/rain boots. 
We take learning outdoors year round
in all safe weather!
Registration fee and 1st month's tuition are required to reserve your spot. 
Payments are non-refundable.

LADYBUG CLASS
COMING SOON!

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Email enrollment paperwork to us at:  puddlejumpersnaturepreschool@gmail.com