Preschool Story Hour Program

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Have fun on the farm and in the garden with your preschooler while practicing early reading skills! This class is designed for emergent readers ages 2 - 5 years and builds connections between the five senses, caring for farm animals, planting and growing food, farm machines, and music with early literacy components (reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visualization).

This is a fun, age-appropriate class with lots of hands-on activities for a child/caregiver team paired with the best in children’s literature. Each class will begin with a song/story/activity component indoors and continue with a trip to the garden or farmyard. Classes are taught by Gorman Heritage Farm Education Coordinator, Krystal Gallagher.

8 week session on either Tuesdays OR Fridays in January & February from 10-11 am.  

Class dates:
Tuesday series: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, & 27.
Friday series: January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; & March 2.

Registration Details and Cost:
Cost per child per 8-week session (no extra charge for one caregiver):
$55 - non-members
$80 - members
Cost includes all materials.  There is no single ticket price.

Families may enroll in either a Tuesday series or Friday series and attend up to 8 classes for one price.

Since we are a non-profit organization, we unfortunately are unable to offer discounts for multiple children. However, each registration includes all-day admission to the Farm for the remainder of the class day. Stay and play!
Class minimum: 4 students
Class maximum: 10 students
Each child must be accompanied by one parent or caregiver.

Class Descriptions by week:

January 9 and 12 - Fur and feathers: Caring for animal friendsOur farm has so many different animals, and they all eat different foods!  Children will feel the difference between fur and feathers, before hiking to the farmyard where our farm animals live.  Children will have the opportunity to feed farm animals their unique foods.  (Farmyard hike)

January 16 and 19 - Music Day - Children will begin their class by listening and playing different types of musical instruments.  Children will make their own musical instrument, and Krystal will lead the class in a sing-along with her guitar, as children either play along or shake their tail feathers!  The class will find nature’s musical instruments during our hike to the farmyard.  (Garden hike)

January 23 and 26 - Nosing AroundOur story hour will begin by “waking up” our sense of smell, and testing our noses on well-known scents.  Children will then use their sense of smell to explore the farm, from perennial herb beds to the warm smell of hay.  (Farmyard hike)

January 30 and February 2 - Horses and MorePreschoolers will learn a new word: equine!  We will introduce the different animals within the horse family, and of course pretend to be a horse, before we head up to the farmyard to meet and greet with our equine residents. (Farmyard hike)

February 6 and 9 - Wintertime Bees - What do busy bees do all winter?  Guided by Krystal, preschoolers will explore the inside of a real, but unoccupied, honeybee hive by looking, touching, smelling, and of course tasting honey.  We will take a short hike outside to explore the gardens and visit the bee yard to check on the bees’ winter activity.  (Garden hike)

February 13 and 16 - Water, water, watering! - Young ones will delight in hands-on, indoor water play, before heading out to the farm for a water scavenger hunt.  We will use colors to locate where water can be found on the farm, leading us all the way to the farm animals.  (Farmyard hike)

February 20 and 23 - Planting Plants - Children will discover the wonder in a little seed when they see how it grows into a big plant.  Children will get to plant their own seeds to take home in small pots, and also plant a vegetable seed in our green house.  (Garden hike)

February 27 and March 2 - Tractor Day  - Little ones will learn about the different jobs tractors do on the farm through play and song.  The class will explore the farm on a tractor-pulled wagon ride while we sing songs of warmer weather.  (Tractor ride to the farmyard, walk back to parking lot)