Forest Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)

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Forest 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 still 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. 

2020-2021 Academic Year *ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN*

Monday - Friday (5 days/week)

Church of the Apostles, Fairhope

9am-1pm

Sept 14, 2020 – May 28, 2021

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.

Want to try it out for a day or observe one of our classes? Let us know!

Register for a drop-off trial day here or email us us at info@natureconnectalabama.org to schedule an observation hour.

 

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 Montessori-style 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 one:six (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. 

 

What does a day at forest kindergarten look like?

  • 9:00 Welcome and Drop-off

  • 9:15 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

  • 9:30 Opening Circle

    • Nature Songs, Movement Activities, Sharing Gratitudes

  • 9:40 Bathroom/Handwashing Break

  • 9:50 Snack and Water

  • 10:00 Nature Exploration

    • For example​: Adventure to the creek or woods, building a shelter, climbing up and sliding down in the gully, learning about local plants and animals, nature art, sitting still in nature,  outdoor play and discovery

  • 10:30 Lesson of the Day

  • 11:​30 Bathroom/Handwashing Break. Change into clean, dry clothes if needed.

  • 11:40 Lunch and Water

  • 12:00 Creative Outdoor Play

    • Imaginative games and playing on the playground, nature arts and crafts

  • 12:30 Bathroom/Handwashing Break

  • 12:30 Snack, Tea, and Nature Storytime​

    • We provide this second snack and herbal tea​ - usually apples and peppermint tea

  • 12:45 Closing Circle and Story of the Day​

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

  • 1:00 Goodbye and Pick-up​

 

2020-21 Forest Kindergarten

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