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If you are Looking for a Thornton Christian daycare center that provides an individualized hands-on learning environment for your infant, toddler or preschooler then contact A Child's Touch child care to schedule a tour of our amazing nature playgrounds and meet our long-term teachers in the classrooms.    Learning adventures are found at our top-rated school in Thornton; A Child's Touch offers care for an infant, preschool, kindergarten, or summer camp kid.    Toddlers learn academics with hands-on fun at A Child's Touch preschool daycare program in Thornton Colorado and improve their social emotional skills using unique nature playgrounds and potty training when they are emotionally ready for this skill.    Come to our Thornton school for a tour and look into our Christian infant, preschool, and Kindergarten child day care for your learning adventure needs.    Toddlers learn academics with hands-on fun at A Child's Touch preschool daycare program in Thornton Colorado and improve their social emotional skills using unique nature playgrounds and potty training when they are emotionally ready for this skill.    Awarded Best of Thornton's child care centers for five years because of our outstanding academic and Christian learning environment providing preschool education for infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.    A Christian preschool adventure in learning is something we offer at our Christian school in Thornton. Infant care, preschool, kindergarten, and summer camp programs are an adventure at our top-rated Thornton childcare facility.    Top-rated childcare in Thornton is important and our Christian school is a top-rated childcare in Thornton. Come visit this childcare center in Thornton and take a tour to see how we make learning an adventure.    We offer a Christian school in Thornton; our Christian school in Thornton offers care for your infant, preschool, kindergarten, or summer camp child.   

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Look!  A trickle of water running through some dirt!  I'd say our afternoon just got booked solid! - Bill Watterson
A Certified Nature Explore Classroom

Many people are attracted to Colorado because of our beautiful mountains. They find that they can relax, explore, and feel less stressed among large trees, flowers, and beautiful rivers and streams. Children are no different. Here at A Child’s Touch we have created our own version of the Rocky Mountains. Children splash among the waterfalls and ponds, hike among our large trees and rocks to search for insects on our hiking trail, and paint or read with a waterfall rushing down as a backdrop. They dig and plant in our multiple gardens of flowers, fruits, and vegetables and eat the “fruits of their labor,” and transport rocks, tree branches, and stumps in order to create their own world. Our goal is to open the doors and let the children explore the wonder and marvels of the Colorado’s natural world right in our own backyard nature playgrounds.

Nature Explore Classroom

Imagine your child in a nature setting very few centers in the state of Colorado can replicate. Imagine your child using their creativity to build, play, and problem solve in the great outdoors. Imagine your child at our nature playgrounds at A Child’s Touch!

Children have very structured schedules that allow for few free play opportunities in the natural world. The outdoors has shrunk to tiny barred-in, single equipment play yards or concrete playgrounds. With a world so focused on technology and scheduled improvements, kid’s activities are shifting indoors and many children are losing the time and opportunities to have free-play experiences in a natural setting. This can negatively impact a child’s growth and development and their attainment of knowledge. The opportunity to freely play and explore natural environments allows children to not only learn by doing, but also develop positive attitudes towards nature

Nature Explore Classroom

We purposefully chose to put a great emphasis on our nature playgrounds. We were not content with having just stagnate metal or plastic playgrounds on synthetic turfs with tarps for shade. We wanted to make our nature playgrounds large, exciting, and have lots of them in order to really let kids find their own ways to bond with nature. Children need space to run in a variety of outdoor environments.

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Natural Outdoor Classroom
Loose Parts Playground
Columbine Memorial and Prayer Garden
Nature Area
Food and Flower Gardens
Insect and Reptile Cabin
Ocean and Dinosaur Cabin

Nature Explore Classroom

  •   Nature
  •   National Certification as Nature Explore Classroom
  •   The Importance of Play
  •   Explore Together





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Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, maintains that this disconnect from the natural world is producing ill effects in both mind and body.

In an interview with Scholastic’s Parent & Child, he says: “Research suggests that a connection to nature is biologically innate; as humans, we have an affinity for the natural world. When children spend most of their time indoors, they miss out. Problems associated with alienation from nature include familiar maladies: depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Kids who have direct access to nature are better learners. Exposure to nature has been shown to reduce stress and increase attention spans.
When a child is out in nature, all the senses get activated. He is immersed in something bigger than himself, rather than focusing narrowly on one thing, such as a computer screen. He's seeing, hearing, touching, even tasting. Out in nature, a child's brain has the chance to rejuvenate, so the next time he has to focus and pay attention, perhaps in school, he'll do better.”


"A Child’s Touch..." Earns National Certification as Nature Explore Classroom


Nebraska City, Neb. (November 18, 2011) – A Child’s Touch outdoor classroom earned the national designation of a certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.  

The national certification places A Child’s Touch in a growing network of organizations that have created effective outdoor learning environments for children.  This network allows for idea-sharing, peer support, and continuous learning and development. The first Nature Explore Classroom is located in the Tree Adventure attraction at Arbor Day Farm, the Arbor Day Foundation’s interactive conservation venue in Nebraska City, Neb.  Nature Explore Classrooms are part of the Nature Explore program, a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Developed in response to the growing disconnect between children and nature, certified Nature Explore Classrooms are designed to help fill the void by educating young children using research-based principles for integrating nature into their daily learning.

These classrooms, which are being developed across the country, offer interactive elements – including musical instruments made of natural materials, climbing structures, wooden blocks, garden areas, and natural materials for building and creating art – that give children important and inspiring nature experiences. While connecting children with nature, such unstructured play and activities are shown to enhance concentration, develop creativity and problem-solving, relieve stress, and improve skills in many areas.

A Child’s Touch is located at 9141 Poze Blvd in Thornton, CO. Outdoor classrooms that are designed according to principles described in the Dimensions Foundation’s Learning With Nature Idea Book are eligible to become certified Nature Explore Classrooms. In a certified Nature Explore Classroom, children can create visual masterpieces in a nature art area, build with natural materials, climb on natural structures, and practice their balance, agility, and creativity in areas designed for music and movement.  

“A Child’s Touch has taken an important leadership role in a profoundly needed initiative to connect young children with nature, setting a wonderful example for education centers across the country,” said Susie Wirth, Nature Explore outreach director for the Arbor Day Foundation. “Everyone at Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation appreciates the commitment that A Child’s Touch has made to the Nature Explore program and to providing nature education opportunities for young children.” 

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About the Arbor Day Foundation:  The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education organization of more than 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org

About Dimensions Educational Research Foundation:  Dimensions Educational Research Foundation was formed in 1998 to study how science, math and literacy learning can be enhanced by the addition of more visual-spatial activities into classrooms and homes. For a number of years, the Foundation has conducted and collected research on how children best develop visual-spatial skills and how teachers and families can optimally support this development. Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s goal is to create and deliver unique educational programming to 1) Help people better understand and appreciate the natural world by developing visual-spatial skills; and 2) Improve science, math and literacy learning through visual-spatial skills.


The Importance of Play


When was the last time you took your child(ren) to the playground down the street, and let them just play and “be kids”? It is very difficult to even find time for this important activity in today’s busy world. Remember when we used to play in our neighborhoods until it was almost dark? Now with safety concerns we are very cautious when and where our children play. Perhaps the biggest factor in reduced outside play is our world of technology. It is estimated that children spend 5 to 6 hours daily in front of some type of computer, TV screen or video game. These factors certainly are responsible for children feeling more uncomfortable with playing outside.

Playgrounds are an area that many parents fail to evaluate when looking for a childcare center for their children. Is it a static playspace dominated by metal and plastic structures? Are there canvas tarps for shade instead of trees? Are there natural environments or just synthetic surfaces for the children to play on during outside time? Are these playgrounds ever going to change while your child is attending childcare for 1, 2 or even 5 years? Remember, your child will be spending hours upon hours in this environment. Is it a motivational and exciting environment?

Play helps our children grow to be healthy and happy through experiences that have fostered creativity, exploration, physical activity, friendship and adventure! This is built through the play that is free, and completely orchestrated by the children, not an organized game or activity. Just let their imagination run wild, and let them PLAY!

“A Child’s Touch...” is trying to reverse this situation by providing children in our care one of the most unique childcare play environments in the state. Four separate playgrounds are devoted just to outside play in a natural setting. In fact, one of our newest playgrounds is the first play area in the state of Colorado to have the distinction of being recognized nationally by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Play usually involves physical activity, which is closely related to the development of fine motor kills, their overall development as well as their body awareness. Kids who play are also healthier, reducing the chances of childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

While play can be done alone, it is often done in different groups, which gives children the social skills and confidence to become happy and well-adjusted adults. Play also brings connection to the community. A common/community playspace brings children and families together, reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion.

Research suggests a strong link between play and cognitive development. In short, kids who play do better in school. Play helps improve attention, creativity, imagination, memory, attitude and other skills critical to learning.

So, then, why are children not playing as frequently? A number of factors can affect this, including increased time in front of a television or computer, declining number of playspaces, and numerous other commitments and distractions. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! Get out there and Play!


Explore Together


Time is short for everyone today, but there are many ways that together, as a family, you and your child(ren) can get out and play! Here are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling, and before you know it, you will be out playing and discovering a whole new world of possibilities!

Look for and watch ladybugs, and other “creatures” outside. See where they go and what they do. Just be sure to explain that they are to be watched, and not hurt.

  • Lie down under a tree on a breezy day and listen to the sounds it makes.

  • Look up at the night sky and observe all of the stars.

  • Go fly a kite, and experience the power of the wind!

  • Gather fallen leaves in the fall, and observe new growth in the spring.

  • Go to a Farmer’s Market to experience different foods and colors. Make it a goal to taste something new. You never know, you may just like it!

  • After a rain, look for worms, and let your child feel them wiggle in their hands as they put them back into a grassy area where they can burrow back into the ground.

  • See if you can find any animal tracks.

  • Go camping.

  • Find smaller trees that your child can climb safely.

  • Splash in puddles.

  • Take a walk.

  • Find a place where your child can dig. Bring trucks, shovels, cans or anything else that can encourage play and imagination.

  • Let them play with sticks, pinecones, or whatever else interests them, as long as it is safe.

These are just a few of the ideas that can create fun play time together in nature. What more will you discover together?




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