Our Forest Kindergarten Education Model


Nature Nuts follows The Cedarsong Way® Education Model which includes:

  • All Weather Nature Immersion time every day; there is no indoor space. Nature Immersion is defined by Erin Kenny as “unstructured free time in nature resulting in an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world”.
  • Child-led Flow Learning
  • Inquiry-based Teaching Style
  • Child-inspired, Child-directed Documentation of Emergent Curriculum
  • Place-based Education in a permanent location.
  • Small class sizes, low 1:4 teacher to child ratio
 

Nature Nuts promotes children’s connection with nature on three levels:

Environmental Stewardship - (Education for Sustainability): 
The compassion-scaffolding in every lesson cultivates in children the ability to retain and develop the sense of nurturing they are born with.

Nature Therapy:
Nature Nuts learn to self-soothe with nature, experiencing firsthand how nature can be a healing salve that calms and relaxes. 

Natural Science:
When children’s authentic curiosity leads to their own experiential nature observations and discoveries, it encourages scientific experimentation and conclusion; lessons are understood more fully and the information retained more deeply.

 

These critical factors for a successful forest kindergarten program are followed:

  • Attentive monitoring of children’s basic requirements: clothing, hunger, safety, and bathroom needs
  • Right teachers -- Fully modeling and embracing nature pedagogy & respect for all of life
  • Creation of healthy community involvement and relations with teachers, families, caregivers, children, the land and wider community
  • Careful and continuing assessment of risks and hazards.

 

Specific subjects studied in the Forest Kindergarten Program:

Forest ecosystems, Biology, Botany, Ethnobotany, Entomology, Ornithology, Zoology, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Math, Physics, Music, Drama, Art and Literacy.

 

 

Life and Kindergarten Readiness Skills Gained in our Forest Kindergarten program:

  • Willingness to take risks
  • Excitement about learning      
  • Respect for others           
  • Empathy
  • Physical stamina
  • Self-regulation
  • Risk & hazard assessment
  • Emotional balance/resilience 
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Divergent thinking
  • Self-motivation
  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Perseverance
  • Peer communication

  • Self-confidence                     
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-awareness
  • Conflict resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Cooperation and teamwork Kindness
  • Compassion
  • Kindness