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Nature-based preschool with 50-year history in Iowa City for sale

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Students work in the backyard at Kinderfarm Preschool in Iowa City. The enterprise and property are for sale. (Photo courtesy of Kinderfarm)

IOWA CITY — The homeowners of Kinderfarm Preschool are looking out for a brand new proprietor for the enterprise and property to proceed a 50-year custom of providing nature-based preschool.

Kinderfarm Preschool, 5048B Hwy. 6 SE, Iowa City, was established in 1973 as a developmentally acceptable early childhood studying middle for kids 3 to six years outdated.

Owner Heather Norman bought the enterprise and property — 20 acres of land — nearly 30 years in the past from the unique homeowners.

“It is time to pass the reins on to the next generation,” Norman mentioned.

Students pose in entrance of Kinderfarm Preschool, 5048B Highway 6 SE, Iowa City, in their Halloween costumes. The enterprise and property are for sale. (Photo courtesy of Kinderfarm)

Children who attend Kinderfarm have the chance to experience a horse, feed chickens, have a tendency pigs and domesticate a backyard.

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic through the 2020-21 college yr, Kinderfarm opened its doorways to kindergarten by means of fourth grade college students enrolled in digital studying to supply them a brief classroom.

In the afternoons, these kids additionally have been in a position to participate in Kinderfarm actions by studying about farm life.

“Animals are our curriculum,” Norman mentioned. “The boys and girls help take care of them, feed them, and collect the chicken’s eggs.”

Students pet geese at Kinderfarm Preschool in Iowa City. The enterprise and property are for sale. (Photo courtesy of Kinderfarm)

The property features a youngster care middle with an residence above it and a home.

Norman mentioned this could possibly be a fantastic alternative for somebody with expertise with elementary college students to increase the enterprise.

Norman will proceed to run the enterprise till June 2022.

“It’s time to pass the reins on,” Norman mentioned. “Kinderfarm is not just a business, it’s a lifestyle.”

Students fish in a creek at Kinderfarm Preschool in Iowa City. The enterprise and property are for sale. (Photo courtesy of Kinderfarm)

Norman mentioned what she’s going to miss most are the wonderful sunrises and sunsets that may be seen from the property and the “teachable moments” that occur naturally.

“I’ll miss that,” Norman mentioned. “And kids getting on a horse for the first time or tasting a vegetable straight from the garden.”

Norman is providing to proceed working with Kinderfarm to assist any new homeowners get acclimated, she mentioned.

The middle is licensed for 39 kids.

“Kinderfarm is a unique opportunity for children to learn,” mentioned Diana Helling, who has labored at Kinderfarm as a trainer’s affiliate for 26 years. “It takes an revolutionary and passionate one who loves kids, nature and exploring to construct what Heather has constructed.

“Over the years it has been so heartwarming to watch the children’s delight as they collect eggs, work in the garden, do chores, ride a pony for the first time, and explore the outdoors,” Helling continued. “In a time when so many children are on screens, the experience of seeing newborn kittens, bottle feeding baby lambs, and simply playing outdoors at Kinderfarm is much needed and so important.”

Students choose berries at Kinderfarm Preschool in Iowa City. The enterprise and property are for sale. (Photo courtesy of Kinderfarm)

Calvin Medea-Kapp, 13, a graduate of Kinderfarm, recollects superb experiences on the farm.

“Without Kinderfarm, I wouldn’t be who I am today,” Calvin mentioned. “During my time on the farm I was able to learn how to follow directions, take responsibility for myself and the world around me, and the importance of teamwork, especially to get the chores done.”

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