"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." ~ John Ruskin
We refer to our early childhood program as a Kindergarten, according to the original usage of the term. It is a mixed-age, play-based program for ages 3-6. We offer half-day (8:15-12:30) and full-day (8:15-3:30) options, and students may participate 2-5 days per week.
THE RHYTHM OF THE KINDERGARTEN
All children possess a fresh, natural sense of wonder and yearn to express this capacity in a social environment with other children. Our Forest Kindergarten program allows their childhood gifts to unfold in a gentle atmosphere of beauty, natural elements and human warmth.
The first seven years of a child’s life are devoted to the development of the physical body and PLAY is the child’s work in the Kindergarten. Neural pathways in the developing brain are laid down through movement and imaginative play, building a strong foundation for later academic learning. Plenty of free, unstructured play encourages problem solving, creative thinking, and facilitates healthy social interaction. Children learn though imitating the world around them and if children are given the opportunity to imitate that which is beautiful, meaningful and true, then they are able to go forth in life with initiative and purpose.
THE CLASS TEACHER
The Forest Kindergarten teacher is the model for the child demonstrating purposeful use of language, meaningful physical movement, and cultivation of beauty. Our teachers are specifically trained individuals who, through rhythm, repetition and reverence, are able to create a wholesome environment that nurtures the physical, emotional, social and spiritual development of each child. They are also skilled naturalists who encourage a budding sense of scientific curiosity and engagement with the natural world.