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505 E. Buck Rd
Wilmington, DE, 19807
United States

(302) 472-0021

Christ Church Episcopal Preschool educates young children, creates community among school, families, and church, and honors and nurtures children in the Episcopal tradition. We welcome children aged two to five in small classes where all are affirmed as children of God and are inspired and encouraged to become their best selves—socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. 


Outdoor Play

Outdoor Integration

22 Acre campus

Preschool children playing in snow outdoors building snowman

Rain or shine, our preschool children are outdoors daily. Children who are with us until 12:30 are outside at least once. Children who stay until 3:30 are outside at least twice and children who are with us until 5:30 are outside at least three times.

We have two playgrounds, an outdoor classroom, and an extensive campus to explore and we are outside as often as possible.

Extending Curriculum Through Discovery

We use the outdoors to extend our teaching. Our children learn math, science, gardening, ornithology, construction, vocabulary, and etymology outdoors.

They learn to ask questions and seek the answers for themselves. Can sticks stand up in sand? How does mud feel? Why do we slide down but not up? What does a turnip smell and taste like? Do butterflies have to learn to fly?

Preschool girl helping teacher make a jack-o-lantern

Pre-K Example

This past fall, we did an outdoor unit using pumpkins. We compared sizes and weights and the differences between pumpkins and gourds. We used the pumpkins as musical instruments.

The children extended this unit further on their own. They used the gazebo to make a pumpkin store and used leaves for cash transactions. They bargained back and forth as they ‘sold’ their pumpkins to each other. Finally, we rolled pumpkins down the big hill in the back and watched them rot over several months.

It was wonderful to see their creativity and cooperation. We incorporated observation, music, counting, and social cooperation into this unit and yet from the children’s perspective, it was just plain fun!

risk taking

Outdoor play provides an opportunity for children to take healthy risks and build resilience in a safe way. It also helps children to build confidence in their own capabilities.

Preschool boys building fort outside in forest

Our children are always carefully monitored so that the environment is safe, but we do so in a way that’s unobtrusive. The children feel free as they climb over logs in our forest or build a fort near the gazebo. And, they are free. Free to learn how their bodies move, free to work together to solve a problem, free to learn to love the outdoors.