A typical day at Little Nest Forest Preschool Aged Program:
Our days will follow a predictable routine.
A typical day: We meet for circle. Through songs, stories, and morning yoga children will be introduced to their lesson for the day, and experience an opportunity to stretch their bodies. Children will make their plans for the investigative part of the day. After a warm, organic snack, the children and Catherine will venture on an exploration. We will meet for a second circle to discuss and reflect on what we been curious about. As children work on what interests them, they focus on both creative play and problem solving. Nature walks and outside play will offer everyone an opportunity to learn to recognize the plants and creatures around them. Our day winds down with a picnic, of food brought from home
9:15 -We meet at Grandfather tree for greetings and free play.
10:00- We have our welcome circle. Through songs, stories and morning movement children will be connected to the season, and experience an opportunity to stretch their bodies.
10:15 - We eat our homemade snack
10:30- We venture into the forest, and take a nature walk to collect wild edible plants for our seasonal forest tea, as we make our way to Grandfather tree.
11:00- Children will make their plans and venture on their many explorations. Free play outside offers many opportunities for connection with the natural world around them, and opportunities for negotiation, teamwork, and investigation.
12:30- We meet in circle and slow down with a picnic brought from home.
1:00 - closing circle and goodbyes
We ask that all children arrive on time, as that sets the all-important rhythm of the day.
*Times will vary according to children's needs
* group lessons may include animal and nature awareness, medicine and wild foods, music and gardening
You may see us...
- Having free outdoor play
- Going on nature walks
- Building personal projects as well as forts and beach bonfires
- Working on the land
- Painting with natural paints
- Sewing, or weaving
- Singing and music making
- Dancing, yoga
- Having simple puppet shows with story time
Curriculum for our 3-5 program focuses on building relationships, instilling empathy, creating social responsibility and developing the basic cognitive, language and problem solving skills needed for success in kindergarten.
During Forest class children are given plenty of opportunity for free play. The children blossom in the outdoor setting as they learn through play and observation of real life processes. The natural world offers plenty of inspiration for imagination. The creativity children use during outdoor play builds a platform for problem solving skills, which lead to the resourcefulness and creativity that will serve them in kindergarten and grade school.
Time is created early in the year to build trusting relationships. When the group is ready we familiarize ourselves with local landscapes. Introductory sessions in the woodland establish routine, boundaries, and safety procedures. Projects are set up once children are familiar with their sense of place, through a child led approach. As children develop skills and become comfortable with the outdoors we gradually offer more challenges . Interests emerge as the children develop. We enter explorations as a class based on children’s interests and the space around us. Children are offered a range of natural contexts that support them in their learning.
While teaching all her classes, our teacher observes, listens and talks with children about their interests, and helps small groups of children plan their own projects . Stories, puppet shows and plays are used to discuss these experience. Each child is honored as a unique, powerful and capable individual . Children work on their own day to day investigative projects throughout the year.
Each day children learn to care for themselves, each other, and the world around them. Children learn uplifting ways to interact with others and the surrounding environment, through imitation of adults and each other.
Catherine is dedicated to providing a multi-sensory, real-world environment for learning. We believe that preschool age children benefit from experiences that engage as many senses as possible. Harvesting, exploring the woods or working with herbs engage all of children’s senses at once and create focus for learning, while igniting children’s imagination.
During the school year we assist children in social development. We gently guide young students through the exciting process of facilitating new friendships, or the expression of feelings, while modeling positive interaction with others.
Children are encouraged physically in both small are large muscle activities, intellectually through simulating activities that support pre-reading, writing and math skills, and creatively through many rich and diverse opportunities to express themselves. A typical day involves a lot of free play and a lot of responsibility.
We do not use most forms of media, such as videos, films or movies. We do enjoy records, CD's and acoustic music.