St. Thomas Early Learning Center

The outdoor classroom is a big draw for families to St. Thomas Early Learning Center and is the cornerstone of our program. The large shade trees provide a cool cover for the opportunity for ample free play and exploration year-round.

Social development is fostered in the sandbox with friends and dramatic themes are played out on the outside stage. Gross motor skills are developed by running up and down the hills or building with our large blocks and logs.

During the school year, the outside space is used as part of class curriculum, including planting in our raised gardens, seasonal playground events and daily interactions with Nature. Intentional time is spent observing animals and plants as part of the science curriculum.

Our outdoor classroom is the most vital part of our school (besides our wonderful educators) and continuing to maintain and develop the space is of primary importance to us. We are hopeful that our program allows parents and children to slow down and enjoy being outside together.