A NATURE IMMERSION PROGRAM FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS
Ages: 3 - 5 Years Old
Days: M, T, W, TH
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Enrollment open for 23/24 School year
We offer a morning program, 9AM - 1PM, two, three or four days per week for children 3-5 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.
Inspired by European model, Waldkindergarten (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
Bend Forest School strives to make all the programs we offer as equitable to our community as possible. In doing so, we follow a two-tier tuition model. The cost of tuition is dependent on which tier a family falls within. Applicants will apply through School & Student Services (TADS) in order to determine tier placement. Tuition assistance is also available. View more information about our tuition model and application process here.
Our preschool program has a two, three or four day per week option.
Bend Forest School will loosely follow the Bend-La Pine School Districts schedule. We will follow their Inclement Weather Closures.
Following is our 2022-2023 schedule:
First Day: September 20th, 2022
Veterans Day (C):
Thanksgiving Break (C):
Winter Break (C):
MLK Day: (C)
President's Day: (C)
Spring Break (C):
Memorial Day (C):
Last Day: June 22nd, 2023