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Nature-Based Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)

CLICK HERE TO APPLY - Registration is Open

 

Our kindergarten focuses on achieving 1st-grade readiness through a nature-based curriculum. By utilizing nature as our classroom and natural elements as our materials, we will focus on all the components to prepare your child for 1st grade, while giving them an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind, outdoor learning experience.

 

Our kindergarten program will allow us to take your child's interests and turn them into meaningful, developmentally appropriate learning experiences to teach and enhance reading and language skills, math skills, writing skills, and science concepts, as well as allow for creative time in the form of art, music, and movement. In addition to our outdoor explorations and academic goals, we lay the foundation for a love of learning through outdoor experiences that encourage a child's physical, mental and social growth. 

2022-2023 Academic Year *ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN*

Monday - Friday (5 days/week)

Church of the Apostles, Fairhope

8am-3pm

August 22, 2022 – May 19, 2023

See calendar for holidays and breaks.

See Tuition and Fees here.

Enrollment requirements: ​

  • Because we learn in an outdoor classroom without walls, children must be able to stay with the group and follow instructions most of the time.

  • Children must show respect towards peers, teachers, nature, and the church property.

Members of the Church of the Apostles receive a discount. Please let us know if you are a member when filling out the registration.

What makes us unique?

  • 100% Outdoors - We spend all of our class time outdoors, unless there is severe weather. This means we get dirty and even play in the rain! We love exploring in the woods and at the creek and learning about the beautiful place where we live. If we do need an indoor space, we have a barn classroom where we can continue our studies.

  • Small Class Size and Low Teacher to Student Ratio - We keep our class size small and our teacher to student ratio is 1:7 (or better), which means individual attention and care to each child's needs. 

  • Nature-based Curriculum  - Our nature-based curriculum incorporates a hands-on, experiential approach and the development of the whole-child. 

  • Flexible, Child-led Nature Exploration - Our nature exploration is focused on our local environment and the plants and animals that live here. ​

  • Highly-trained Staff that love what they do - We hire the highest quality teachers in the area because we know who is with your child is incredibly important. Our teachers are well-trained, trustworthy, and experienced caregivers who love the work that they do. We provide ongoing staff development and opportunities for continuing education.

  • Room for Creative Play - We believe that children are meant to play and use their imaginations. That is what makes childhood special. Our staff see themselves as facilitators of the children's experience, holding the space for them to explore, learn, and play in the outdoors.

  • Physical Activity - We run, jump, slide, balance, and climb all throughout the day. Nature is the best playground! Children develop their physical capabilities and learn to be resilient in our classes. If the children need rest, we certainly make space for that to happen as well. Whatever the child's energy level, we work with it. 

 

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What are we learning?

Our kindergarten program incorporates age-appropriate academics using nature as our classroom. Our teaching methods are inspired by a wide variety of teachers and ideologies. We have an inquiry-based facilitation style, and we follow the children's interests when we build curriculum. We have a consistent schedule, but we are willing to be flexible if a unique learning opportunity arises. Some teaching philosophies that are similar to ours are Montessori, Waldorf, and the Reggio Emilia Approach.

Our curriculum is uniquely crafted using the following resources:

What does a day at nature kindergarten look like?

  • 8:00 Welcome and Arrival Activity

    • ​For example: ​working in the garden or mud kitchen, doing a nature craft, exploring the woods, learning about a local plant or animal, or playing an active, nature-oriented game

  • 8:30 Opening Circle

    • Nature Songs, Movement Activities, Sharing Gratitudes

  • 8:45 Literacy Centers

  • 9:15 Bathroom/Handwashing Break

  • 9:30 Snack and Water

  • 9:45 Nature Exploration and Study

  • 10:45 Math Centers

  • 11:15 Nature Exploration/Creative Play 

  • 11:​45 Bathroom/Handwashing Break. Change into clean, dry clothes if needed.

  • 12:15 Lunch and Water

  • 12:40 Creative Outdoor Play/Art/Music

    • Imaginative games and playing in the woods, nature arts and crafts

  • 1:00 Quiet time in nature or the barn

  • 2:00 Nature Exploration

  • 2:30 Snack and Nature Storytime​/Foreign Language

  • 2:45 Closing Circle and Story of the Day​

    • We each share our favorite part of the day and sing our closing song​

  • 3:00 Goodbye and Pick-up​

 

2022-23 Nature-Based Kindergarten