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At Nature’s Pathways at 2nd Nature Academy, our experienced educators provide a warm, safe, and nurturing environment for children ages 8 weeks through preschool, prekindergarten, and interim-kindergarten. Inquiry, curiosity, and exploration are valued and encouraged using a multi-sensory, integrated approach to learning. We focus on individual strengths and value the uniqueness of each learner. Teachers also foster cooperation, positive conflict resolution, self-help skills, collaboration, compassion, and critical thinking.

Nature Pathways at 2nd Nature Academy's child-centered approach to educating early learners is both developmentally-appropriate and highly individualized, while our emergent curriculum builds the foundation for inquiry and project-based learning at 2nd Nature Academy Elementary, Middle, & High School.

Our educators...


the natural curiosity

of each child


exploration in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment


personal interest


skill development


and meet the needs of all children in our care


Emergent Curriculum

Emergent Curriculum is all about following student interest and inquiry. Our teachers intentionally plan activities, projects, and the overall learning environment based on the specific group of children that they are working with. Classroom observations, reflective practice, and ongoing adjustments further tailor the learning environment. Emergent Curriculum is highly recommended by NAEYC, the foremost authority on early childhood education in the United States.

This student-centered model involves acquiring deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges, best preparing students for life beyond the classroom.

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