Nature-based Montessori school to begin offering full-day program this fall

HOLDERNESS — Blue Heron School at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are offering a new full-day program at the school starting this September. Families can choose 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. sessions.

Blue Heron School began in 2010 as New Hampshire's first nature-based Montessori early learning center with a child-focused approach and daily outdoor experiences. The school, for ages three to six, operates from September to June, Monday through Friday.

Being outdoors every day in all types of weather helps students learn about themselves and the world around them. The children climb trees, jump off rocks, balance on logs, and build shelters outside. There are weekly expeditions with a naturalist to learn about specific topics and visits with live animals.

The blending of environmental education in a nature preschool with the Montessori approach creates a rich program for students. The classroom is a carefully prepared environment with activities that introduce letters, numbers, geography, care of the self and the environment, science and nature, and more. Teachers observe each child's interests and strengths and guide them in activities to support growth in independence and social skills. Children attending the school are encouraged to develop responsibility for their own behavior and learning.

"We are looking forward to the start of another great year at Blue Heron School," said Laura Mammarelli, Blue Heron School Director. "Extending our schedule until 3:30 p.m. will make it possible for more children to experience Blue Heron. We are excited to have more time every day for outdoor adventures and activities."

Blue Heron School is currently accepting registrations for the 2013-14 school year. School orientation takes place Sept. 3 through 5. More information about Blue Heron School is at