Our Sprouting Roots Forest Preschool program follows 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 guided by 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.
Our Sprouting Roots days are filled with songs, games, exploration and play as the children build connections with each other and with the world around them. The varied environment of Saint Edward State Park allows the children opportunities to seek out activities following their own interests; to take personal space as needed; to test and build their physical abilities through climbing, digging, and building; and to create their own experience each day, all with the support and guidance of our loving teachers.
All year long, rain or shine the Preschoolers in our program enjoy the ever-changing adventure that the Forest provides. Through hands-on, intentional in the moment learning the children in our program gain many foundational life skills and tools: resiliency, empathy, understanding of self, others and nature, self-regulation, curiosity, confidence, growth mindset, mindfulness, stewardship, love of learning, critical thinking skills and a foundation of nature connection that will last them a lifetime.
This is a 100% outdoor forest program-We have fun no matter what the weather! As the outdoor lovers saying goes,
"There is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing". During the winter months and on really rainy days, we provide a shelter (tent/tarp shelter) and warm tea time so that our campers will have a dry space to play, learn and warm up!
Ages: 3.5-4. Must be 3.5 by the first day of class.
Days Offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Teachers: Colleen Gerlach and Rita Bartlett
Class size: 10
Program Length: September-June
Tuition is based on a 10-month (September-June) commitment and is divided into 10 equal payments.
*Financial Assistance Available for Qualifying Families*
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to see our Forest School and meet the teachers.
Registration begins February 1st, 2020 for continuing families.
Registration begins February 15th, 2020 for new families.
11:00: Arrivals, greet children and parents by name, set down backpacks
11:05: Journaling or Forest Free Play offered as children socialize and ease into the day
11:30: Circle time - Welcome song, share news/thoughts/stories, go over the day’s schedule, discuss weather or other topics of the day
11:40: Songs and movement games, yoga, mindfulness/breathing
12:00: Clean up and prepare for lunch
12:40: Hiking/Exploring, Nature discovery, Journaling, Free play
2:30: Closing circle - share thoughts and discoveries of the day, raise concerns or ideas to work on next time, read story and sing goodbye song
2:45: Return to camp area, clean-up, ready for pick up
3:00: Pick up