Kinder Roots Forest Kindergarten
Our Kinder Roots Forest Kindergarten programs follow the German model of nature immersion in early education, there called Waldkindergartens. In an exclusively outdoor environment, children have limitless possibilities to explore, experiment, learn and play while building relationships with each other and with their local environment. Our Master Teachers are trained in the Cedarsong Way, an inquiry-based, interest-led teaching method developed by internationally recognized Nature Immersion expert Erin Kenny. For more information on Nature Immersion and the Cedarsong Way, visit erinkenny.com.
Throughout the year we follow an emergent nature curriculm, guided by the seasons, natural processes and events, and students’ interests. While exact subjects may differ based on these elements, in a typical year we can expect to cover the following.
Fall: decomposition, mushrooms, spiders, deciduous v. evergreen trees, rain, mud, slugs and snails
Winter: survival, hibernation, migration, ice, temperature, holidays, community, fire, ducks and other water birds
Spring: seeds, flowers, insects, berries, life cycles, metamorphosis, birds, frogs, water exploration, ferns and shrubs
Along with our nature curriculum, each day will allow for extended free play/exploration, an engaging yoga practice and/or mindfulness exercise, nature journaling, stories and songs. There will also be many opportunities for group games, hiking and nature-based creations.
One of the primary goals of our programs is to build social and emotional skills through extended free play, cooperative games and projects, and mindfulness practice. Our teachers support the students’ growth and independence by encouraging them to work through challenges, questions and disagreements on their own, with teacher guidance and assistance as needed. When a child has a challenge, we encourage them to first try to work through it on their own, second to ask for help from their peers, and then finally to ask for help from a teacher. This helps them to build perseverance, independence and cooperation. By being present and aware but limiting intervention until it is needed, teachers allow the children to authentically interact with each other, building vital social skills and helping them to recognize their own strength.
Age: 5-6; must be 5 by the first day of class
Days Offered: Tuesday and Thursday
Teachers: Tess Golden-Orr and Abigail Nelson
Class size: 10
Program Length: September-June
Tuition: $180 a month for each day enrolled
Tuition is based on a 10-month (September-June) commitment and is divided into 10 equal payments.
*Financial Assistance Available for Qualifying Families* Apply now for the 2020-2021 Forest School Year
Enrollment for 2020-2021
If you are interested in registering for Sprouting Roots, please fill out an Application for Enrollment. A site visit or Open House attendance is required for all new families. After the site visit, if you and the teachers feel that Camp Roots will be a good fit for your child, you will be emailed a link to register. Please note that you are not guaranteed a space until we have received your registration and deposit. *Please email to set up a time to see our Forest School and meet the teachers.
Camp Roots is currently closed. For information on a similar program, also located at St. Edward State Park, please visit: