The Treehouse is a Waldorf inspired program with a loving, creative environment. We offer vegetarian, organic snacks, natural & homemade toys, daily activities of yoga, painting, bread making, finger plays, music and gardening. With our move taking place in the Summer of 2021 we now have 1/2 acre for our outdoor classroom and indoor classrooms for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten! Please inquire about all ages, as we work to hire amazing staff in each classroom.
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What is a Forest Garden?
A Forest Garden (also known as a Food Forest) is a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants. These are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem. Instead of neat rows of monoculture, forest gardens mix a diverse range of (often) food producing plants that nourish each other, use different nutrients from the soil, and make the best use of space available. Crucially, they also rarely leave the soil bare, meaning that soil carbon is preserved and underground biodiversity can thrive.
The primary aims for the system are:
To be biologically sustainable, able to cope with disturbances such as climate change
To be productive, yielding a number (often large) of different products
To require low maintenance.
The crops which are produced will often include fruits, nuts, edible leaves, spices, medicinal plant products, poles, fibers for tying, basketry materials, honey, fuelwood, fodder, mulches, game, and sap products.
Is a “Forest Garden” permaculture? Yes and no. Permaculture is a huge umbrella of values (earth care, people care and fair share) and principals. A Forest Garden or Food Forest falls under the umbrella of permaculture.
What is a Forest School?
Forest School is a child-centered inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting. Forest School has a developmental ethos shared by thousands of trained practitioners around the world, who are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners. Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, seen as a way of life in Scandinavia where Forest School began. It arrived in the UK in 1993 and arrived in North America in 2007 and has been growing here ever since! www.forestschoolassociation.org | www.forestkindergartenassociation.org
Core Elements of a Forest Kindergarten are:
All-weather nature immersion, every day
Child-led Flow Learning
Forest Schools are discovery and exploration-based experiences that all promote the love of learning so that individuals understand on an experiential level the love of learning new things at the same time developing one’s character, resilience, social skills, and more.
Place-based education: development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Forest School can increase a child's confidence and self-esteem through exploration, problem solving, and being encouraged to learn how to assess and take appropriate risks depending on their environment
In the morning we all come together for a special experience of playful singing, moving and celebrating the changing seasons. Music connects us on a unique level that quickly can lighten the mood and bring much joy and excitement to our program. With songs and movements about birdies building their nests, stepping over stepping stones, looking way up high in the apple trees and little jacky frost pinching your nose, the children get to learn songs and verses about each changing season. We are constantly having parents coming to us asking what songs we have been singing so they can sing along with their children at home!
Right before lunch we all gather around the table and the children sit quietly and listen to a story told—not read—by their teacher. The beauty of the spoken word sparks their ability to form images and thoughts about the words they hear. We use hand made figures for our stories out of silks, wool, wood and felt to create a special environment for the characters to exist in. Each story is told for a minimum of one week so the children fully experience it and come to expect it as part of the rhythm of their day. We find the children re-creating the story time scene during their free-play and re-telling their own variations of the story. This time is a special part of our program that helps expand the children's vocabulary, verbal retention and concentration.
The Daily Rhythm for 2-5 Classroom
At The Treehouse we strive to stimulate the children’s bodies, souls and love for creation with a nurturing, homelike environment that engages all senses. We have a strong sense of community and are based on walking through the same daily rhythm to help build security, trust and continuity in the children’s lives.
8:30- 9am - Drop Offs and Morning Free Play
9-10am - Outdoor Classroom and Circle Time
10:15am - Morning Snack and Bathroom Break
10:45-11:45am - Activity Hour (Art, Cooking, Gardening, Yoga, Music)
12pm - Puppet Show / Oral Story
12:15pm - Lunch Time
12:45pm - Afternoon pick-up / Reading time and Bathroom break
1-3:15pm - Rest Time
3:15pm - Afternoon Snack
3:30pm - Pick-up
3:45pm - Afternoon Activity
4:30pm - Pick-up