Forest Kindergarten Program
Application Open for Sept 2020 - June 2021 program year
Education means "to lead out." We seem to think of this as leading away from childhood, but we could think of it as eliciting the wisdom and talents of childhood itself.
Forest Kindergarten class is for children 5 and 6 years old. Our Kindergarten class is enrolled full time, five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Children must be at least 5 years of age by September for the Kindergarten class.
Applications received by April 1, 2020 receive priority for the 2020-2021 program year, with rolling enrollment thereafter as long as space is available. Early application is advised (March).
To learn more and to apply, please visit Application & Enrollment page.
Wild Roots also offers a mixed age preschool program for 2.5 to 5 year olds, which offers 1 to 4 day per week enrollment. Learn more about our mixed age program here.
Wild Roots program philosophy details the richness of how our wild landscapes nurture and encourage the healthy development of our children (learn more here). The kindergarten class deepens, in all aspects, direct experiences with the land and with each other, putting the developmental needs of the child in the forefront. The 5 and 6 year old child is ready for taking on meaningful and concrete tasks, remembering what came the day before and often arriving with a plan for deepening the previous day's experience. Our days provide a rhythm and offerings similar to those the mixed aged classes enjoy:
Parents' Voices on Forest Kindergarten
Having my children attend forest kindergarten with Wild Roots before first grade was absolutely the right choice. The opportunity to spend one more year outdoors deepening connection has served our family by strengthening our core values and has benefited the children by supporting their learning journey. Both children (now in 1st and 4th grades) transitioned into grade school with the ability to grasp new concepts from the holistic approach they learned at Wild Roots. ~ Sharon T. / Parent
It’s hard to even begin to put into words the gifts and magic that abounded with our son's kindergarten year in Wild Roots. There were stories and songs, tea time, tree climbing, tracking, willow weaving, organic gardening, the talking tree, gnomes, rock dragons, fairy grandmothers, friends, laughter, fire, acorn gathering, sewing, building nests, dipping beeswax candles under the great oaks, preparing and serving the elder’s feast, seasonal festivals, bare feet, joy, aliveness, freedom, and deep nature connection and a sense of place. Our son was held so lovingly by the teachers at Wild Roots, and given such freedom to learn and grow and connect in a very deep way to the land which we call home and the spirit of all things big and small. I am so grateful. ~ Liz Collins / Holistic Health Counselor
Strengthening the joy of learning, self-confidence, teamwork, balance & agility, engagement, the ability to be still, follow through on a project, develop stamina and creativity...these are all aspects of what our son and daughter got out of their forest kindergarten year.
~ K.M.S. / Parent