Registration for our Spring Session begins February 1st, 2017!
Dates: March 10th, 2017 – May 19th, 2017
Day and Time: Fridays, 9:30am-11:00am
Ages: 18 months-3 years
Fee*: $320.00/family *Scholarships available.
Our Parent-Child classes offer a beautiful, first learning experience for our youngest pioneers, ages 18 months-3 years, and their caregivers. We believe in safeguarding the spirit and wonder of childhood – slowing down, being present, and observing young children as they explore the world around them. Ann Pelo, an early childhood educator and local writer suggests that to truly connect ourselves and our children to the greatness found in nature, one must “stand on that ground until it becomes dear to you and then open your arms to the whole wide world.” We couldn’t agree more.
Our program brings families together to connect with one another, and with nature, in an intentional and mindful way. We support and encourage the natural development of the whole child – head, heart, and hands. Following the same purposeful rhythm week after week, we begin our mornings with forest play followed by a simple gathering time and a wholesome and nourishing snack. Parents and children will also engage in nature-crafting.
Classes meet once a week for a ten-week session and are led by an experienced early childhood educator who cares deeply about supporting each parent/caregiver and child on their own individual journey, in nature, and beyond.
We’re located at the Lake Wilderness Arboretum in Maple Valley, WA. For directions and location, please visit: www.lakewildernessarboretum.org.
A few good reads we like and recommend:
The Art of Observation; Janet Landsbury
Observing your Child
On the Topic of Helicopter Parenting
Lessons Found in the Mud
Learning through Play
Schooling in the Woods