Little Farmers Preschool

The Suffolk County Farm and Education Center’s mission is to provide hands-on research-based learning to all residents with themes in agriculture, animal sciences, history, STEM, healthy living, and life skills in a unique year-round learning environment and in community spaces. The Farm’s vision is to connect with our agricultural heritage and to pave the way for a bright, healthy, and sustainable future.

Program begins September 2018


About Our Program

Through free play, guided exploration and exposure to all corners of the farm, children will be given the chance to learn, grow and become independent learners.

Children will spend most days entirely outside, weather permitting. Inside areas of the farm will be used on those days the weather doesn't cooperate.

  • Children 3-5 years- Children must be 3 years old by Nov 1. Must be toilet trained and able to use bathroom independently to attend.
  • Follow the Longwood CSD Calendar for holidays, school breaks and emergency closings.

The program runs September 2018 - June 2019. This unique 10 month preschool can be paid for in 10 monthly payments.

Class Options

2 DAYS: Tuesday and Thursday - $250 / month

3 DAYS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - $350 / month

HOURS: 9:00-11:30


Typical Day

9:00-9:15 Parents will sign children in at the Covered Arbor. Free Play in Arbor with teacher provided materials.
9:15-9:25 Morning Circle, Sharing Time, Weather
9:30-10:30 Adventure Time Explore Farm
10:30 Snack Time
10:45-11:15  
Free Play
11:30 Pick up at Arbor, parents sign out

Monthly Themes

A typical day will find children getting the chance to get up close to a cow, pet a chicken and gather fresh eggs. Learn about the trees and plants around us. Play outside and enjoy the fresh air. Outdoor activities will often get children wet, dirty, hot, and/or cold. Good outdoor clothes are a must, and a change of clothes is always kept on hand for each child. The underlying motto is simple: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!

Examples of some of the monthly themes and concepts we will explore.

September

All about Me, Learning about each other and making friends

October

Colors, Shapes, What colors and shapes can be found in Nature or man made on the farm?

November

Changing Seasons -Study trees found on the farm. How is the changing season affecting the trees and plants?

December

Five Senses- Raise awareness of our senses through various activities on the farm.

January

Cold/Snow/Ice How the weather affects the farm ie. Animals, people, activities that can be done and not done now that the weather has changed.

February

Families- Healthy Habits, Healthy Eating, Importance of being active.

March

Rainbows, what makes a rainbow? Types of Weather

April

Spring, New babies on the Farm

May

Planting, Insects

June

Summer, water play, what animals live in water?


Indoor space will be provided if needed. This may include stories, music, construction play, art, dramatic play, snack, etc. Natural themes and materials will be brought in throughout indoor activities.

All these activities will help support the overall healthy growth and development of children. Skills such as observation, experimentation, and sorting, will allowing for both individual experiences and group sharing. Outdoor discoveries also provide great subjects for all sorts of artistic and verbal expression, and the daily walks help to establish early habits of physical fitness. Most of all, we want children to truly learn how to learn –- developing the curiosity and joy that should pervade all education, while practicing key social skills such as sharing, waiting one's turn, and following simple directions.

Outdoor activities will often get children wet, dirty, hot, and/or cold. Good outdoor clothes are a must, and a change of clothes is always kept on hand for each child. The underlying motto is simple: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!

  • Each Child must have extra clothes (including socks and underwear), shoes left in classroom
  • Flip –flops, crocs, open toed sandals, or ballet flats are not acceptable footwear . Children must wear socks.
  • Expect your child to come home muddy, dirty and tired that is how you will know they are having a great time.
  • They should bring a Back Pack, Water Bottle
SEASON APPAREL

Fall/Spring

Layers: t-shirt, sweatshirt/sweater, jacket, rain jacket

Rain boots, when necessary

Winter

Coat, mittens, hat, scarf, snow pants waterproof/insulated boots

Contact

Allison Grief
Education Program Coordinator
ag263@cornell.edu
631-852-4627

Last updated April 27, 2018