Education. Rooted in Nature.

Education. Rooted in Nature.

Education. Rooted in Nature.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Program- JK/SK

Our two year nature-based Full-time and Part-time Kindergarten program offers an enriched learning experience during the most formidable years of a child’s life.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

– Albert Einstein

Our innovative teachers are registered Early Childhood Educators, Certified Ontario Teachers, Environmental Educators, Forest School Practitioners, or qualified in their field. We are dedicated to delivering high quality experiences through the application of a variety of pedagogies including Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio, and Forest School.

Our days vary throughout the week with two mornings (Mon/Wed) and one full day (Fri) immersed in Nature. During our time in the Forest, children are offered skill based activities such as: using tools, building shelters, flora & fauna identification, fire building, and much more. Free play is an important aspect of our program and children are given time each day to explore and engage freely (in the Forest and at our home base). Throughout the week, teacher one-on-ones and mini-workshops including music & drama, foreign languages, geography, history, baking/ food literacy, health, and S.T.E. A. M are offered. We regularly have experts from our community join us to share their skills and inspire us with new experiences. We value being connected to our community and encourage parent participation and volunteers to join us in our programs (please let us know if you are interested in volunteering). Reflection time and mindfulness activities are encouraged following our lunch breaks. Our afternoons are filled with group lessons, team building activities, free play opportunities, and child initiated provocations to extend learning and facilitate deeper thought.

Please see a sample of our daily schedule below:

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:00amMorning gatheringMorning gatheringMorning gatheringMorning gatheringMorning gathering
9:30amForest immersionOne on Ones/ WorkshopsForest immersionOne on Ones/ WorkshopsForest immersion
12:00pmLunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
12:45pmReflection/ mindfulnessReflection/ mindfulnessReflection/ mindfulnessReflection/ mindfulnessForest immersion
1:00pmGroup LessonsFree play /provocationsGroup LessonsFree play /provocationsForest immersion
2:00pmFree play /provocationsFree play /provocationsFree play /provocationsFree play /provocationsForest immersion
3:00pmGroup Activity/gameGroup Activity/gameGroup Activity/gameGroup Activity/gameGroup Activity/game
3:30pmPick upPick upPick upPick upPick up

We offer small class ratios (1:8) which allows us to not only apply the Ontario Curriculum, but connect our learning to the world around us in an authentic way.  What makes our program exemplary is our fluid approach to curriculum which allows us to tailor our weekly focus in line with the child’s interest, real life happenings, and development level. We offer self-directed outdoor play opportunities that encourage positive social competence and emotional intelligence, problem solving and executive functioning skills, as well as autonomy. Our Teacher directed sessions offer life skills and preparedness for deeper exploration in their surroundings.

Full days are spent outside, unless dangerous weather prevents us. This integration with nature allows children to build resilience and self preservation as they navigate how to keep themselves comfortable and safe in the changing environment. We have an indoor classroom and gym to utilize and encourage the use of natural materials and tools for investigation (microscopes, computers) to bring the outside indoors.

Our day begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm. Before and after-school care is available.