THE FOREST PRESCHOOL
ABOUT FOREST PRESCHOOL
Far more engaging and enriching than typical indoor preschool or childcare, The Forest Preschool provides outdoor learning that is active, joyful and fun! Most of our learning takes place outside, but for inclement weather, we have a classroom space to get cozy indoors. There are flexible half-day preschool and full-day childcare options for weekly (drop-off) classes. Programs are offered to children ages 3-5 years old, and a new a toddler class option for 2 to 3 year-old children is now available.
Taking inspiration from European waldkindergartens, waldkitas, and forest schools, outdoor learning encourages children to explore nature, make friends and engage in active play. Essential foundation skills are nurtured through sensorial experiences, laying the bedrock for future learning.
The language-rich natural environment abounds with opportunities for storytelling, artistic expression, math ideas, engineering and construction with loose parts, science concepts, and so much more! High and low technology are part of our excursions, although we are thoughtful and intentional about their uses (EX. digital cameras, videos, email, blog; wheels, pulleys, levers, magnifiers, binoculars).
Our emergent curriculum and project-based approaches encourage creative problem-solving and inquiry, common in child-directed Reggio Emilia-inspired programs. Children make magical outdoor discoveries in every season, rain or shine. We encourage family participation and offer community events throughout the year. We would love to grow and learn with your precious tot!
Enrollment is for the full duration of the program dates listed; enrolled children must be either 18 months old or 3 years old (depending on your class option) by Sept. 1st of the enrollment year. All Wild Haven programs are pending licensing the Maryland State Department of Education.