A NATURE IMMERSION PROGRAM FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS
Ages: 3 - 5 Years Old
Days: M, T, W, TH, F
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
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 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 200-plus acre “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:
Contact us for prices. We have two, three or four day per week options.
Bend Forest School will loosely follow the Bend-Lapine School Districts schedule. We will follow their Inclement Weather Closures.
Following is our 2019-2020 schedule:
First Day: September 5th, 2019
Veterans Day (C): 11/11/19
Thanksgiving Break (C): 11/25-11/29/19
Winter Break (C): 12/23/19-1/3/20
MLK Day: 1/20/20 (C)
Presidents Day (C): 2/17/20
Spring Break (C): 3/23/20-3/27/20
Memorial Day (C): 5/25/20:
Last Day: June 11th, 2020