Play-based, full nature immersion and interest-led education for children 2.5 to 6 years. We offer a one or two-day option with classes from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Our nature preschool, also known as a forest kindergarten (meaning children's garden in German) is a 10-month play-based and interest-led program. We follow the American Forest Kindergarten Model and The Cedarsong Way Nature Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education. Our approach to an emerging curriculum allows for continuous integration of STEAM learning, ensuring our program is adaptable and beneficial to our mixed age group. We are also place-based, meaning we operate from the same natural environment for all seasons which allows children to experience the day to day changes in nature.
A typical day at Urban Woods Forest School involves continuous free play, exploration and ample opportunities to sing, play music, and share with one another. Children initiate learning by expressing curiosity, wonder and excitement in their discoveries. Our leaders guide them through identifying what they are hearing, seeing, smelling, touching or feeling. In these moments, lessons in literacy, math, physics, biology, engineering, botany, geography, animal studies, and ecology all become part of our program. Each day is filled with opportunities to develop social and emotional growth while learning respect for self, others and all living things through problem-solving, cooperation, negotiation, kindness, self-regulation, conflict resolution and risk assessment. Lastly, our program offers access to open-ended art daily and nature-inspired art activities.
The leaders at Urban Woods Forest School are passionate about children and our natural world; we are creative, authentic and practice conscious interactions with the children to protect the interest-led flow learning philosophy. Urban Woods Forest School supports our leaders with high standards for a low student to teacher ratio and small class size. The forest kindergarten operates with a minimum of one leader and one co-leader at all times.