What is a Forest Preschool?

Forest Preschools are the U.S. version of Forest Kindergartens (Waldkindergarten), which have been popular in Germany, Switzerland, and Scandinavia for decades. There are a growing number in the U.S. We are on the cutting edge of nature-based early childhood education!

 

What we do at Arrowhead Forest Farm looks and feels like play most of the time, but our thoughtful teachers are weaving in peacemaking skills, empathy for other living things, and a deep love for learning.

Children go home each day tired, dirty and happy!

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REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR SCHOOL YEAR EMAIL ARROWHEADFORESTFARM@GMAIL.COM TO ENROLL

 

Our days are guided by the children's interests: sometimes we spend all day hiking, other times we may stay put and pretend fish in the lake, look for treasure, or try to catch butterflies. We try to focus on giving children activities to do that encourage compassion and empathy, such as caring for our farm animals, or making bird feeders for the wild birds outside. We believe that when children care for an animal the seeds of compassion and feeling of importance are planted.

Our summer curriculum is animal based, and our all year Forest Preschool program follows a seasonal curriculum that highlights the changes in our natural world.

We are an all-year program, and we do have an indoor space dedicated to our preschool age group with books, art supplies, and cozy nooks to keep the kids feeling comfortable, only when necessary.

We offer full and partial scholarships - if affording our program is an issue let us know and we will put you first on the list for a discounted spot. We believe all children should have access to high quality childcare and enjoy nature regardless of financial background. 

schedule

SCHOOL YEAR

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Late pickup until 3 p.m.

$45/day, or $60/day with late pickup option 

WE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CHILDCARE SUBSIDY

Ages: Children Can enroll older than three and younger than six years old.

Other requirements: Children must be out of diapers and needing only minimal assistance. Because of our outdoor classroom, CHILDREN HAVE TO be able to stay with the group and follow directions most of the time.

 

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We have a 1 : 5 teacher to student ratio. We believe this helps us to give every child the attention they deserve.

 

Indoor activities

Reading, art projects, dramatic play, construction, science experiments, and more! 

Outdoor activities

Nature observation,  tracking, sit spots, gratitude, singing, dancing, running, games, mud kitchen, shelter building, natural art projects, sledding, and much more! The list could go on forever, as our outdoor classroom without walls allows us to have space for endless activities, games, and imagination. 

 
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We believe that when children are given responsibility they rise to the occasion; our preschoolers help us gather materials for a fire and learn to safely use real construction tools. We believe this not only keeps kids engaged and interested, but also develops the confidence to believe they can accomplish tasks later in life.

Daily Schedule

9:00 arrive, welcome circle

9:15 walk to forest classroom and free play, or check on animals

10:30 snack time

11:00 group projects & games

12:00 lunch & story time

12:30 activities & free play

1:00 pick up for some, quiet time for others

2:00 snack, stories and free play

3:00 all kids are picked up

*schedule varies daily with new activities and is sometimes modified