“Nature is a fantastic classroom for this age.”Forest Kindergarten Parent, Fall 2017
Fall 2021-Spring 2022
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 2021 session is 16 weeks long, and our Spring 2022 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 required to attend 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 ages 3-6 with parent/caregiver. We strive to maintain a ratio of no more than 6 students to 1 Earthroots Mentor
Due to COVID-19, only one supervising adult may attend with the registered participant. No unregistered children or siblings may attend. Masks and distancing protocols will be adhered to at all times. These policies will be re-evaluated as state guidelines change.
WHERE: Big Oak Canyon, in Silverado Canyon
WHEN: Mondays 9 am – 2 pm, dates TBD
HOW: Send a deposit of $250 or full payment to hold your spot. Payments are refundable for up to 1 week after class dates are announced.
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.
Fall 2021 Pricing
Private Payment Rate
Fall 2021 semester (16 classes):
$1200 per child/$1125 for each additional sibling
Fall and Spring Semesters 2021-2022 (32 classes) paid upfront:
$2200 per child/$2050 for each additional sibling
Please contact [email protected] about monthly installment rates.
Charter School Rates
Fall 2021 semester (16 classes):
$1280 per child/$1215 for each additional sibling
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders
$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]
With the intention to open more opportunities for leaders of the future from all backgrounds to come together and learn from each other in peace, Earthroots Field School will always have scholarship space in its programs for people of color and those in need.
We’re offering two full BIPOC Scholarships for this program in addition to our Needs-Based Scholarship.
For more information, email us at [email protected]