Forest Kindergarten

Spring enrollment opens on November 15  for current students, and December 1 for new students. Our Spring 2017 semester begins the week of February 6.  Fall enrollment opens on April 15  for current students, and May 1 for new students. 

Join us one or two days a week!

Delight, discovery, and adventure fill the outdoor days of the Earthroots Forest Kindergarten. Children ages 3-6 are invited to play and learn in the wilderness parks of Orange County with experienced instructors.

Rustling leaves, squishy mud, sour lemongrass, fragrant sage, soaring osprey – we know intuitively and logically that the outdoors is the best place for our children. Every sense is stimulated by nature for optimal intelligence growth and development. Outdoor activity also calms and balances excess energy. Your children will sleep deeply and peacefully after a day exploring the creek bed. Children who spend more time outdoors are stronger and healthier as well.

Families are welcome to participate in one or two of Forest Kindergarten every week. All classes will meet regularly at O’Neill Regional Park with occasional visits to Big Oak Canyon, Earthroots property in Silverado Canyon. New stories and games will be introduced every week, but as children love rhythm and repetition, many songs and hand-plays will be repeated throughout the month. Songs are uniquely chosen throughout the year to blend fun animal lessons, seasonal changes, earth spirituality and a variety of languages.

There are two sessions of Forest Kindergarten: Fall and Spring. Each session is 16 weeks long to match the semesters of the academic year. 2016-2017 Forest Kindergarten will be taught by Lili Zandpour and Stacey Frayne.

Sample Circle Songs May 2012 Sept 2012Oct 2012 Nov 2012 Jan 2013 2013 Songs Nov 2013  

Classes fill on a first-come, first served basis.

Enrollment Information and Forms

General Rhythm of the Day
8:45                  Arrival
9:30                  Circle Time
9:45                  Snack
10:00                Wilderness Exploration
11:15                  Journal
noon                 Lunch
1:00                  Story
1:15                   Quiet Sit
1:45                   Closing Circle
2 pm                 Departure

While safety and nature connection are Earthroots’ top priorities, there are many correlations to California’s kindergarten state standards, and Earthroots is a state-approved vendor for many local charter schools.

Letters and numbers will be introduced through oral storytelling and practiced with full body and sensory activities: by drawing with sticks in the sand or fashioned with warmed beeswax.

The general structure will include circle time, story, main lesson, wilderness exploration, and games.  Forest Kindergarten provides a perfect launching point for a homeschooling child’s weekly lesson.

Parents are invited to attend Forest Kindergarten with their child. Parents are encouraged to model exemplary attentive behavior during circle and game times; and also to bring a handwork project and to practice being “benign parental presences” during wilderness exploration times. Independent older children (older than 4 years 9 months) may be dropped off pending instructor approval. Each class will be limited to a small group of adventurous students for a more intimate connection with the local surroundings, other students &  instructors. We recommend parents read Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature to better understand Earthroots mentoring philosophies.

Looking for further descriptions…
– Read Why I love Forest Kindergarten, a blog by parent participant Kristin in 2015.
– Forest Kindergarten blog 2014 here.
– Read about a typical Earthroots Day here at www.womantalk.org

WHO:  Children 3-6 with parents/care-givers. We strive to maintain a ratio of no more than 6 students:1 Earthroots Mentor

WHERE: Mondays and/or Tuesdays at O’Neill Park

WHEN: 9 am – 2 pm, class is 5 hours

HOW: Send a deposit of $250 or full payment to hold your spot with completed enrollment form (per family) and completed medical and release forms (per person).

  • Register by mail Send check and one Enrollment Form per family and one Medical Release Form per person to Earthroots PO Box 504 Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678.
  • Register by email Send payment via Paypal to payments@earthrootsfieldschool.org  Scan and email Enrollment Form & Medical Release Forms to info@earthrootsfieldschool.org. Please bring hard copies to class.
  • Forms and payment needs to be received at least one week prior to class. Your registration is complete only when we have received Payment and Forms in our office. Registration is due at least one week in advance of class. Late registration may be accepted if space is available with an additional fee of $25 up to 2 business days before class.

FALL 2016 – SPRING 2017 PRICING

Note: These rates reflect an increase to roughly $15/hour, the same price some parents pay for babysitting.  Prices have been raised to compensate for the growing expenses of running a business in Orange County while paying quality instructors and ensuring an incredible learning opportunity for your children. Reduced rates available, see scholarship opportunity below.

Full Tuition for 1 year (cash or check) $2200 per child.

One semester tuition for one day per week (cash or check) is $1200 per child/$1125 per sibling.

One semester tuition for two days per week (cash or check) is $2200 per child

Please inquire about monthly installment rates.

Charter School Rates 
$1280 per child/$1216 per sibling per semester
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders
Inquiries welcome at billing@earthrootsfieldschool.org

Drop In Policy $80 per child per class
**Drop-in classes are available for age appropriate siblings of children currently enrolled in class.  To schedule a drop in date please contact Staci Hansen at staci@earthrootsfieldschool.org

Scholarships Available
The application can be found in the right side margin, and at the bottom of this page.

To make a deposit or pay the full tuition, click on the PayPal button below. From there, you can use your PayPal account, or debit/credit card. For more information, go to Registration or call the Earthroots office (949)709-5777