9:00 arrival and outside play time/garden exploration
9:30 morning circle; we use this time to check in with our bodies, minds and feelings and practice sharing and listening. We also sing songs about our current topics of exploration.
10:00 walk to Mt Tabor and nature exploration in the forest
10:30 snack and forest observation break
10:45 child directed free play in the forest
11:15 Forest Circle time; This time is used for a story and directed nature study (an activity focused on our current topic of exploration)
11:45 return to school
12:00 lunch time
12:30 project time and free play
1:00 cleanup and dismissal
Some days we will vary the schedule to include cooking projects, gardening projects, and dramatic play related to stories that we are exploring.
The above schedule is for Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays we exchange forest exploration for a more in-depth group project at the school, either involving cooking or art. We still play outside in the play yard and garden on these days and will often stay outside much of the day if the weather and project permit.
Arielle Slaughter is an early childhood educator from Wisconsin. She has worked in a variety of learning environments over the past 10 years with a primary focus on the age groups 2-5. She recently obtained her Bachelors degree in early childhood education from The University of Wisconsin River Falls. Arielle and her family moved to Portland this summer in order to pursue her dream of providing children with the opportunity to connect with the natural world around them as a way of learning.
Arielle's family consists of herself, her husband, Jake, and her two year old daughter, Maisy. When Arielle isn't teaching, she is usually found spending time in nature, reading a book, or doing yoga
Ginger Berryman has been working in outdoor education for nearly 7 years. She’s spent time teaching ecology, natural history and basic nature observation. A California transplant, she enjoys exploring the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest and spends most of her time outside staring at plants and birds.
Amy Hopkins is a heart centered mother of three, ages 20, 11 and 3. She loves being with children, especially how they present the opportunity to truly be in the present moment. She has been working with children off and on for over 20 years. She worked as a nanny, and taught a pre-kindergarden class in her early 20's. Amy eventually discovered her passion for yoga, and went forward to become a yoga teacher. She is certified as a Bikram Yoga teacher of 20 years, and completed the Rainbow Yoga Kids Teacher Training. She opened a yoga studio in Eugene Oregon in 2003, and stayed for 11 years building a strong community of yoga practitioners. She has since sold the studio, but continues to teach yoga here in Portland and has worked as a nanny while staying home with her youngest, Maa Kuma