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Little Barnyard Preschool to Open in Esko

Updated: 08/05/2014 10:51 PM
Created: 08/05/2014 2:05 PM WDIO.com

Kids love baby animals. And Macy Schubitzke is no exception. The two year old was helping feed baby chickens, out in Esko on Tuesday morning.

The chickens are going to be some of the star attractions, at the new Little Barnyard Preschool. The idea behind this type of learning, was inspired by another farm preschool in Stillwater.

"I've always been interested in nature and kids. And when I heard of this other school, it inspired me to bring it here. I'm excited to share this with the Northland," April Hepokoski said.

She plans on having the kids plant and harvest a garden, feed and take care of barn animals, and go on nature hikes, to name a few of the activities.

"Kids are surrounded by technology now. They love to be outdoors, and that's where they learn the most, and love to do hands-on things," she added.

Macy, who will be 3 in September, was really enjoying feeding and watering the chickens. She also helped dig out a new carrot from the garden, washed it, and started eating it. 

Her mother, Brittany, said she's excited that Macy will have more experiences than she could have at home. "Look at her eating the carrot. I can't get her to eat them at home that well, but here she's chomping away because she picked it."

The property includes just over five acres, with six different ponds. So the kids will be able to do some exploring and hiking as well.

If you're interested in signing up your child, there are sessions Monday-Friday, both morning and afternoon.

http://www.thelittlebarnyardpreschool.com

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