Forest Kindergarten

Ages 5-8 years old

3 hour class- Available Spring 2024- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

*For the 2024-2025 school year, Forest Kindergarten will be changed to Pathfinders Homeschool Enrichment Program Ages 6-10*

Let your child flourish in the forest. Our curriculum is a blend of Waldorf principles, European forest school approaches, and rooted in play-based practices.

Each day we offer unstructured play as an important time for children to socialize, express ideas, problem solve, explore and connect to nature. We take a wellness moment for children to reflect and observe their surroundings. Long periods of exploration and discovery are offered along with a daily lesson and activity. Classes are 3 hours long.

We currently offer morning sessions during the school year. Students can attend one to three days a week. Each day will have a specialty focus to enrich the outdoor nature school experience.

Forest Kindergarten is an 11 week series available this Spring. We are exclusively outdoors and put up our own shelters when it is raining, snowing or windy. 

Parent Handbook

Who is this class for?

  • 5-8 year olds
  • Parents looking for a non-traditional education focused on the whole child
  • Children looking to develop confidence, independence, emotional identification and regulation, outdoor skills and basic kindergarten knowledge through nature
  • Homeschooling families looking for a homeschool enrichment program
  • Alternative to public school Kindergarten
  • Alternative to having children sit in desks all day
  • No screens education
Enroll Here For Spring 2024
Tuition
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A peek into a day in the Forest Kindergarten Class

Arrival and Open Play

Circle time with Songs and Stories

Wellness Moment

Lesson and Activity

Snack/Small meal

Unstructured Free play

Goodbye Circle

*Structure of class is flexible and will depend on students interests and needs.

Incorporated Skills:

Bushcraft Skills

Nature presents challenges! We will learn basic, age appropriate, wilderness and survival skills such as outdoor safety, shelter building, knots, fire making skills and safety, plant identification, and navigation.

Art & Handicraft

We will work on strengthening our fine-motor skills while we create using clay, beeswax, mud, sewing, finger knitting, nature crafting, and more. 

Outdoor Cooking

Calling all choppers, peelers, stirrers, and taste testers. This skill is used to bring out the chef in us all as we create and share meals and snacks outdoors together.

Adventure 

A child-led adventure that includes water/mud/snow play, hiking and exploring, games and life skills, sensory connections, crafting and creating, and lots of fun and adventure.

Weekly Themes:

  • Spring Equinox/Spring Nature Detectives
  • Frogs
  • The water cycle, clouds, and weather
  • Gardening, seeds, and flowers
  • Birds, eggs, and nests
  • Earth Day, recycling, and Leave No Trace
  • Pollinators
  • Baby Animals
  • Bugs
  • Mud and worms
  • Last week of the school year- celebrations

This Program is Only Available in Idaho

Location

Eagle

Eagle Island State Park

165 Eagle Island Pkwy, Eagle, ID 83616

2023-2024 Calendar

December 4th – March 8th

(Holiday Break December 20th – January 7th)

(Holiday on January 15th)

(Holiday on February 19th)

March 11th – May 31st (Spring Break March 18th-22nd)

(Holiday on May 27th)

2024-2025 Calendar

Questions?

Please contact our Forest Kindergarten Coordinator, Melissa at: melissawildbeginnings@yahoo.com