The Forest Kindergarten is a multiage class for children 4-6 years of age (pre-k and kindergarten age) with an environmentally based curriculum, small class size, an outdoor classroom and lots of outdoor explorations. The class is made up of maximum 14 children with 2 teachers.
The Forest Kindergarten class is immersed in an environmentally based curriculum and spends most of the school day outside in our onsite outdoor classroom. They also have a dedicated indoor space in case of severe weather. They will frequently take field trips to natural locations to explore different aspects of the natural world. The children drive the curriculum through their explorations of environmental subjects, which is further supplemented through hands on work, field trips and research of the classroom community. All learning domains will be integrated into their daily work and projects.
The Forest Kindergarten is also be supported by the Atelierista (studio teacher) and the Music Teacher. Experiences in the studio may be independent of classroom work or connected to ongoing project work. The Atelierista will collaborate with the classroom educators to create continuity of learning as well as plan, research, observe and document children’s work. The Music teacher provides weekly music class and also works with children and teachers to incorporate music into the daily life of the students.
After completing this program children will be ready for kindergarten or first grade. The multiage platform also affords an opportunity for the 4-year-old children to continue with the class for an additional year for kindergarten.