Sorteberg Early Childhood Center
“On any given day there can be sandbox play, climbing the dirt pile, balancing and walking across the tightrope, fishing, a story walk, sitting on eggs in the “eagle's nest”, wagon rides, watering the garden, or bug hunts. The options are endless!” says Tracy Knighton, Supervisor at Sorteberg Early Childhood Center.
Sorteberg has a fantastic outdoor classroom space. Studies show that outdoor education and play support emotional, behavioral and intellectual development. Sorteberg’s outdoor classroom offers great experiences for children and families alike. It provides a place for young children to practice and master their gross motor skills too. They can move about freely - running, jumping and climbing.
A parent recently shared “My children all love being outside! Favorite activities were all the creative art projects, water day, and pushing the toy lawn mowers each week. Also, the mud kitchen!”
Sorteberg’s warm and inviting brick building has welcomed families for over half a century – first as an elementary school and now as an early childhood center. Parents often remark that they are bringing their children back to the classrooms where they went to elementary school.
Located right off Northdale Boulevard in Coon Rapids makes Sorteberg easy to access for many families. The site has three classrooms, a great gym space and, of course, the outdoor classroom. “We are really fortunate to have such an amazing space for families to explore with their children, Knighton says.
Learning and growing outdoors
One of Sorteberg’s most popular classes is “Open the Door, Let’s Explore.” This class allows time to explore and discover the world outside through experiential, hands-on activities.
The class was developed specifically for the outdoor classroom – participants are outdoors every week, year-round, weather-permitting. A parent participant recently shared, “I enjoyed the chance to be outside each day with fun activities that we don’t necessarily have at home.”
“The staff at Sorteberg are passionate about the importance of outdoor play and it shows!”, Knighton says. “They are always thinking about how we can build on to what we have or what other experiences for learning through play can we provide. Once families experience a class in our outdoor classroom, they are quick to enroll in another class, and usually bring along a friend or neighbor!”
ContactSorteberg Early Childhood Center11400 Magnolia St. NW(Enter Door No. 2)Coon Rapids, MN 55448Phone: 763-433-4900