Fall 2020 programs are running virtually with online and home-based activities.
For Spring 2021, we are planning to have in-person and online programs with home-based activities. Please email [email protected] to be put on the interest list.
“Nature is a fantastic classroom for this age.”Forest Kindergarten Parent, Fall 2017
“Earthroots has done a FABULOUS job in this transition! We hope some online classes continue in the fall for those who are interested“Homeschool Field Class Parent, Spring 2020
Classes for Fall 2019-Spring 2020 will be held on Mondays.
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 unspoiled beauty of Big Oak Canyon with experienced instructors. We are excited to host this class on our property in Silverado Canyon! This property, called Big Oak Canyon, is filled with hiking trails and natural beauty. It is rugged and comprised of a variety of native ecosystems. Spring water flows year-round on-site and the property accesses a creek! Mature fruit trees are growing in an established orchard. This site is the perfect place for children to connect with nature.
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.
All in-person classes will meet regularly at 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 connection, and a variety of languages.
There are two sessions of Forest Kindergarten: Fall and Spring. Our Fall 2019 session is 16 weeks long, and our Spring 2020 session is 16 weeks long, similar to the semesters of the academic year.
Classes fill on a first-come, first served basis.
This program offers many correlations to California’s kindergarten state standards, and Earthroots is a state-approved vendor for many local charter schools. Safety and nature connection are Earthroots top priorities.
Letters and numbers will be introduced through oral storytelling and practiced with full body and sensory activities.
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 required Forest Kindergarten with their child. Parent participants 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.
WHO: Children 3-6 with parents/caregivers. We strive to maintain a ratio of no more than 6 students: 1 Earthroots Mentor
WHERE: Big Oak Canyon, in Silverado Canyon
WHEN: 9 am – 2 pm, class is 5 hours, Spring 2021
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 online Select the button at the bottom of this page to complete the enrollment form online and mail a hard copy or email scanned copy of medical release form. Please bring hard copies of the Medical Release forms to the class.
- Register by email Send payment via Paypal to [email protected] Scan and email Enrollment Form & Medical Release Forms to [email protected] Please bring hard copies to class.
Forms and payment need 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 the class. Late registration may be accepted if space is available with an additional fee of $25 up to 2 business days before class.
SPRING 2021 PRICING
One semester tuition for 1 day per week (cash or check):
Spring 2021 – $1200 per child/$1125 for each additional sibling
Please inquire about monthly installment rates.
Charter School Rates
Spring 2021 semester (16 classes):
$1280 per child/$1215 for each additional sibling
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders
Inquiries welcome at [email protected]
Drop-In Policy $80 per child per class
Drop-in classes are available for age-appropriate siblings of children currently enrolled in the class. To schedule a drop-in date please contact Staci Hansen at [email protected]
Scholarship applications due two months prior to class start date. To apply for scholarships, please visit our scholarship request page.
For more information, call the Earthroots office (949)709-5777