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Learn more about the history of Forest Kindergartens, the benefits of play-based learning, the long-term implications of child-led and interest-led education, etc.
Waldkindergärten:  a term coined by German educator, Friedrich Fröebel, more than 150 years ago. Fröebel apprenticed as a forester and was a self-taught mathemetician & botanist.
We're an entirely outdoor nature immersion, interest-led, cirriculum-free, inquiry-based learning environment with a 4:1 student/teacher ratio and a maximum class size of 8 children.
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    How is a Forest Kindergarten different from a Waldorf school or other outdoor programs?
    Our Forest Kindergarten is an interest-based curriculum which allows each child to learn what they are individually developmentally ready for. There are no indoor areas; we are 100% outdoors and in the elements. Removing the option of "going inside" helps create a sense of security in nature which is derived from a necessary increase in awareness of one's surroundings.
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    Won't the children be uncomfortable in the rainy or cold weather?
    When children are dressed in appropriate clothing, they are perfectly capable of tackling inclement weather. Furthermore, we find that the children are excited by the opportunities the different seasons and weather changes provide: mud puddles, new plant growth, creeks across which to build bridges, varying insects, etc.
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    Will my child be missing out on important academic achievements without textbooks, worksheets, and classroom practice drills?
    Study after study shows that preschool-aged children thrive best in an environment where they can move their bodies and learn things experientially, tactually, and in context. In Finland (and a growing number of EU countries), formal education doesn't begin until age 6 or 7. There's an old Finnish saying: "The things you learn without joy you will forget easily."
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    Should I pack a snack or are snacks provided?
    Keeping those little bodies humming at optimum levels is high on our priority list. Organic whole-food snacks are passed out each day: fresh/dried fruit, nuts, seeds, seaweed sheets, coconut flakes, etc. An allergy disclosure form must be completed by each family prior to the 1st day of classes. We bring in a jug of fresh water each day, but we do ask that parents pack their child a filled water bottle (preferably stainless steel or glass encased in a silicone or padded sleeve).
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    How can I support my child's Forest Kindergarten experience at home?
    You, as a parent/caregiver, are vitally important to your child's success in our program: start each day with a positive attitude - it makes a huge difference in a child's forest experience; have a nourishing and filling breakfast; dress your child in appropriate gear for that day's weather, so your child can focus on the important work of play. Also, modeling a "can do" attitude when facing obstacles of your own helps cut down on whining and complaining when they're feeling not in the mood - in the forest or at home.
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    Where can I read more about Forest Kindergartens and outdoor learning environments?
    BOOKS: Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way, Last Child in the Woods, Play-based Education, Playing and Learning Outdoors, Nature Kindergartens, Forest School for All, Growing Up Wild, Preschool Pathways to Science, Lens on Outdoor Learning, Balanced and Barefoot
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    Where can I learn more about the benefits of play-based, child-led, and inquiry-based learning?
    ARTICLES/STUDIES: The Power of Play, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain, Much to Lose" (YouTube)
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    Can you point me to some video examples of a Forest Kindergarten in action?
    VIDEOS on YouTube: Born to Be Wild, Introduction to Forest School, School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten,