Always Learning and Growing

Outdoor Nature School
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Forest School 2020-2021

School year programs for preschool and kindergarten students August-May

Rolling Admissions for Fall 2020

San Francisco

T and TH  9:30 am-1:30 pm
Golden Gate Park

Berkeley

M, W, F 9:30 am-1:30 pm Berkeley area Parks

Fall 2020

Sept 1-December 18

Please inquire about early drop off/late pickup if required

 

Forest School for Preschool Children

We meet in a variety of parks, then explore the nearby natural wonders.  This often includes areas such as North Lake and all the trails through the forest of Golden Gate Park during our San Francisco class.  Our 100% outdoor program for preschool age children includes story time, hiking, lunch (please bring a packed lunch and snack), outdoor free play, and activity time.

We use a mixed age model (age 3- 6) for the benefits that it provides to both younger and older children. Opportunities for developing leadership skills and teamwork present themselves throughout the day with a mixed age group. This program is perfect as a preschool alternative and for children who may be age eligible for transitional kindergarten (TK) or kindergarten but who would benefit from the outdoor time, movement, and sensory opportunities that our forest kindergarten model provides.  

This window of childhood development is the ideal time for a child to learn sensory integration, social skills, emotional regulation, and gross motor skills. Once your child’s brain and body have been able to form a healthy foundation of these skills, the academic demands of the traditional school setting will be handled with greater ease and confidence. This sets your child up for success, not just for kindergarten and first grade, but into their adult life as well.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

  • arrival
  • art invitations
  • welcome circle
  • hike
  • free play/ snack
  • story time/ sharing circle
  • hike 
  • free play/ activity choice
  • lunch/ bathroom
  • goodbyes

Forest School Classes
$450/month for 2 days/week

general age guidelines 3-6 yrs
If your child is not yet 3 we will consider enrollment after a trial class

FOREST SCHOOL

Our San Francisco based forest school is for preschool to kindergarten age children and is 100% outdoors. We offer classes in both Golden Gate Park (San Francisco) and Codornices Park and other nearby parks (Berkeley). As a forest school, we have a strong belief in the power of nature in our children’s lives. We delight in watching our students explore, learn, and grow through exploration and wonder.

Our forest school program focuses on exploration of the natural world and making friends. The children participate in active free play and experience new sounds, scents, and sights, furthering the development of sensory integration. We read stories to inspire the imagination and allow plenty of time for childhood games. The teachers use their extensive knowledge of child development to guide children towards appropriate challenges which promotes healthy development of a strong body and curious mind.  We encourage friendly interactions and positive problem solving by gently guiding the children in their play.  This program can be a wonderful part of a homeschool curriculum and we welcome families who choose to home school their children.  The creativity and freedom of thought that result from participating in open ended learning is amazing to behold!  As a teacher, I am constantly awed by the children’s responses and ideas, I feel so blessed to be part of their learning adventures.

Potty Learning

Potty learning in progress is ok, pull ups and/or ability to communicate potty needs is required.

parent participation

Parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in our programs. Volunteers can accompany their child on any day with advance notice and are especially encouraged to join us on our field trip days. In order to be prepared there is a parent volunteer orientation which should be completed before volunteering.
We will hold a number of parent education meetings during the school year and all parents are invited and encouraged to attend these informational discussions.

Diversity

Always Learning and Growing values diversity and we encourage those of diverse backgrounds to join our school, all are wholeheartedly welcomed into our community of learners.

Clothing

Children should wear clothing that can get messy, including waterproof jackets, boots, and pants when there is wet weather. Please send your child with a small backpack to hold a change of pants, socks, lunch, and water bottle.
*If purchasing waterproof clothing is a hardship, please inquire about our gear rental program!

Wildlife

We hike to several different areas of the park and have a chance to see bison, horses, raccoons, gophers, ducks, hawks, newts, insects, worms, many songbirds and more!

Tuition

If our tuition is beyond your family’s budget, please do contact us regarding a sliding scale tuition rate.
Financial aid is available on a limited basis depending on enrollment numbers for the current session.