PRECIOUS SEEDS PRESCHOOL FOREST ELEMENT
Precious Seeds Forest Element is an option offered as part of our holistic Montessori program.
As an extension of the Montessori classroom and modelled on the forest schools of Europe started back in the 1950’s, this outdoor element will bring preschool and kindergarten children to forest locations to hike, build, and play.
The goal of this program is to connect children to nature through play. We believe that an important part of childhood should be about exploring outdoors in an environment that supports child-led learning.
We hope you will consider adding this component to your child’s early education!
What is Forest School?
Our Forest Element is based on the Forest School philosophy. Forest School is different from other outdoor learning experiences in two ways. First, Forest School takes place in the same setting on a regular basis over an extende period of time. This gives students the opportunity to learn a great deal about the area and enables them to develop a lasting connection with nature.
Second, while there are some structured elements, the Forest School curriculum is largely emergent, child-directed, and play-based. The ethos of Forest School allows learners the time and space to develop their interests, skills, and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences. At Forest School, young people have the freedom to explore, play, build, create, imagine, and use their senses to experience the outdoor environment and engage with one another. Sustainability is woven into the culture of the classroom, and as nature becomes the third teacher, sustainability becomes the foundation on which both children and teachers stand.(from http://www.forestschoolcanada.ca/)
The Essence of the Forest School Element
The Forest Element connects children, 3-6 years old with the natural world. Our facilitators are passionate about children and the natural world. We believe in engaging children’s imagination, modelling a sense of awe for the natural world, and using experience as the basis for learning. Simple activities linked with unstructured play can teach many valuable skills like cooperation, communication, and leadership.
Click for Benefits of Nature Play
- Environmental sustainability
- Child-led learning
- Experiential learning
- Holistic education
- Virtues Education
- Compassionate communication
- Low adult to child ratio (1:8 or less)
Forest Element at Redwood Park
We will meet for the Redwood Park forest element at the playground. After our opening circle, we will walk to our site in Redwood Park. Out of respect for the protected areas of the park, we will remain on-trail.
Our program runs almost exclusively outdoors and uses nature as a venue for exploratory play, no matter what the weather might be. We prepare children for these conditions and ensure that the children’s safety is our number one priority. If there are extreme weather conditions, i.e. severe cold or wind, the children can join the indoor Montessori program at the Carlson Creek location. We will contact you with concerns about weather conditions.
TIMES OFFERED: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2-4pm
Forest Element at Carlson Creek
Our program runs daily almost exclusively outdoors in our 1/4 acre forest backyard and uses nature as a venue for exploratory play, no matter what the weather might be. We prepare children for these conditions and ensure that the children’s safety is our number one priority. If there are extreme weather conditions, i.e. severe cold or wind, children will join the indoor Montessori program.
TIMES OFFERED: Daily 12pm-2pm
We will visit Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch Farm (Gabriel Farm) once a month, most months of the school year, to help with farm-related activities, such as planting, feeding animals, llecting eggs, and simple animal husbandry tasks. We will notify you of Farm Weeks on the School Calendar.
“…education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.” ~ Maria Montessori, Education for a New World
Photos courtesy of Christina Mears