A NATURE IMMERSION PROGRAM FOR 5-6 YEAR OLDS
Ages: 5-6 years old
Days: T, W, TH
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Three days required in 5-6's program.
Additional days can be added in 3-5's program.
Please note: The 5 & 6 year old program is not intended as a replacement to an official "Kindergarten" program. We have created this program for those who turn 5 after the school district's Fall cutoff or who are waiting a year to start an official Kindergarten (or equivalent) program.
We offer a morning program, 8:45AM - 1:15PM, three days per week, for children 5-6 years of age. We provide two opportunities for children to re-charge and nourish their bodies with a healthy snack (provided) and lunch (brought from home). To be able to individually support and connect with each child as necessary, we have a low staff to child ratio of 1:5. Class size of 5.
Inspired by European model of Waldkindergartens (all outside, all weather, early childhood programs), we have created an inclusive nature immersion early childhood program that provides children with the opportunity for adult supported uninterrupted and unstructured play time in nature. This closeness to the natural world and exposure to minimal risk supports a young child’s mental and physical health as well as problem solving skills, social-emotional learning, sensory, motor and cognitive development.
As a place-based program, children continually discover their “classroom” as the seasons and environments change throughout the year.
Bend Forest school is modeled after the German based Waldkindergarten. Key principles of this model include:
All-outdoor, all-weather nature immersion
Place-based education (permanent location)
Interest-led/child-driven learning/Flow Learning
Small student to teacher ratio of 5:1
Exposure to moderate risk
Within our 20-plus acre classroom we:
Place equal value on the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth of students.
Promote authentic learning with high expectations.
Provide an open atmosphere for the student's discovery of self, others, and the world around them.
Encourage an intimate connection to the natural world and surrounding communities through in-depth, integrated study.