Okay friends, let’s talk Forest Preschool.
Forest Preschool is the original CITW class — (the “OG” if you will) and she is filled to the brim with magical child-led education. We follow an emergent curriculum that surrenders to the interests of the children as we aide in discovery and learning.
There are no worksheets or iPads here as we are 98% outdoors. Instead we have science-backed, hands-on interactions with the elements in our natural world. This approach still fulfills all preparation requirements for a child’s future education (and then some). Here are some of its wonderful features:
- Significant health benefits. Being outdoors is essential for mental and physical well-being. Exposure to the elements boosts immunity and children grow strong as they are encouraged to run, take healthy risks, and climb.
- Fine & gross motor skill development. A motor skill is simply an action that involves your child using their muscles — forest preschool provides plenty of exercise and movement.
- Enhanced executive function skills. Executive function is responsible for a number of skills, including:
- Paying attention
- Organizing, planning, and prioritizing
- Starting tasks & staying focused on seeing them to completion
- Understanding different points of view
- Regulating emotions
- Self-monitoring (keeping track of what you’re doing)
- Hands-on experiences. The forest provides countless opportunities for hands-on learning experiences and discoveries. All children naturally become explorers and artists. They draw with sticks on the ground, they mix soil and water. The children are free to experiment, prove or disprove their own theories.
- All materials used — pine cones, twigs, shells, fallen leaves, flowers, branches, pebbles, etc. are naturally produced by our environment and can be recycled & returned to where they originally came from.
- Children see that everything around them is living, progressing from one stage to another, and coexisting in harmony.
- Sensory experiences. Every single aspect of learning in nature influences and generates sensory experiences and involves all senses in the learning process.
- One of the most effective ways for children to experience and learn to appreciate silence is in the forest or on the bank of a lake. It creates nothing but stillness, mindfulness, and peace.
- We follow your children’s interests and boost their curiosity — they may choose to build a forest house or fort, study trees, investigate, study content of the soil. Their interest is our ultimate motivator.
- Educational benefits. There is not one concept or subject that isn’t possible to teach using the natural environment: our subjects include science, biology, math, language, art, geography, chemistry, astronomy, technology, and more.
- Nature has no walls. Children are free to roam within established and familiar safe boundaries and are able to assess and determine their optimal learning environment.
- With so many loose parts around them inviting them to see an abundance of possibilities for creative play, children seem to have much fewer reasons for being unhappy with each other. When conflict does arise, children resolving their conflicts and misunderstandings with more independence and less influence from adults.
- It’s hard to be passive in nature. Even children who tend to be indifferent when it comes to learning in a classroom setting will inevitably absorb and benefit from the stillness and moments of mindfulness that nature brings and end up participating in learning activities.
Monday and Wednesday 9am to Noon
One day a week $90 per month
Two days a week $175 per month
REGISTRATION IS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1ST FOR THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Class fees must be paid before the start of the month. We now offer an option to set up automatic payments every month! Making everyone's life easier. If you would like to add a third day we have a preschool class on Fridays at our art studio in Mattydale.
If you have any questions please feel free to send us a message using the vollowing form.