Forest Preschool
A natural place for young children to learn and grow.

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Schedule - 2017-18 School Year
Forest PreK

Each day is structured with a familiar pattern to support children as they engage with natural world wonders and one another in the forest and fields. Special care is used in creating gentle transitions from one portion of the morning to the next.

8:30 am: The morning begins with an offering of natural “Loose Parts” material to inspire learning and personal growth through spontaneous play and exploration. In addition, this is often a time to explore an open-ended, nature-inspired art project.

9:15 am: Clean up and bathroom break.

9:30 am: Hike to Deer Camp with ample time for observation, discovery, and trail games along the way.

9:50 am: We come together for circle time to share songs, oral stories, finger play, or puppet shows.

10:00 am: Snack time. This is also a time for children to share personal stories and observations.

10:30 am: Children become active again, following their curiosity, and engaging in flow-learning. Children may choose to become “chefs” in the mud kitchen, weave natural material into an outdoor loom, explore, engineer with sticks and rocks, look under logs, initiate imaginative play, watch a bird, build a mouse house, create, follow animal tracks, balance on a log, experiment, discover, etc.

11:45 am: We come together again for an end of the morning circle to sing and share gratitude, discoveries, and/or observations.

11:50 am: We journey back to the barn.

12:10 pm: Lunchtime

12:30 pm: Morning session pick-up.

12:45 pm: Rest time.

2:00 pm: The afternoon begins with “Loose Parts” play as children transition from nap/rest time. Depending on interest and time there will be options for emergent projects and learning, focused projects, wander on the land, or group documentation of learning in Floor Books.

3:20 pm: Closing circle.

3:30 pm: Time to go home.

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

Open Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
Trails open every day
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