A NATURE IMMERSION PROGRAM FOR 5-6 YEAR OLDS
Ages: 5-6 years old
Days: M, T, W, TH
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Three days (T,W,TH) required in 5-6's program.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR 5 AND 6 YEAR OLD PROGRAM IS NOT A KINDERGARTEN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AT THIS TIME. ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS ARE CALLED "FOREST KINDERGARTEN". THIS PROGRAM IS OFTEN ATTENDED BY CHILDREN WAITING A YEAR TO ATTEND AN OFFICIAL KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM OR WHO HAVE A LATE FALL BIRTHDAY. PLEASE BE IN TOUCH WITH QUESTIONS.
We offer a morning program, 8:45AM - 12:45PM, four 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 and lunch (both 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 10.
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 200-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.