Fiddleheads is currently enrolling for our 2021 winter/spring online preschool session for children ages 3-6. Our online program combines at home, seasonal, thematic nature study lessons with online, full group and one on one programming facilitated by teachers.
All Fiddleheads online lessons, online circle times and facetime chats are created and facilitated by the same qualified teachers that run our in person school, and are crafted with our usual high standards for physical, emotional, creative and cognitive stimulation and our focus on building a personal connection with nature, nurturing curiosity, and building strong emotional intelligence and communication skills.
We are different from many other online learning programs in that we are offering continuity of community and instruction. We work to build a relationship with your child and family. We enroll a small number of children per session and cap that number in order to provide personal and individual attention to each family.
Here's what parents say: "We just love this program so much! I am a gardener and native plant enthusiast and it’s been so thrilling to see my 4yo come alive this spring in the garden. She has learned so much and has fallen in love with nature and the natural processes she has been observing. I’m so grateful for these lessons. Thank you for sharing your passion and wisdom! " -Amber
"This program is just fabulous." -Meghan
"I am so grateful to open my inbox and have access to such rich, high quality lessons every day." -Kerry
"When we all pivoted to virtual learning in mid-March, Fiddleheads transitioned seamlessly. The teachers remained welcoming and upbeat (even in the virtual format) which truly was a feat. We welcomed the steady rhythm of the daily routine offered by Fiddleheads in the midst of all the uncertainty. I’m not certain who benefited more, parents or kids! It was mutually beneficial for all.”-Chelsea
"The days during the pandemic when we follow this online instruction are, by far, our best days. I would recommend Fiddleheads to any parent looking for a contemporary, whole child and high quality approach to early childhood education that simultaneously maintains those most wonderful traditions of seasonal celebration and childhood magic that we rejoice in passing on to our children." -Emily B.
Components of Fiddleheads Online Learning: -Live circle time on zoom (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 12:00 pacific time) Circle time includes: -a welcome song - yoga poses and stretching -check in with our bodies and feelings, practice sharing how we are feeling and listening to others -caring feelings, an adapted version of a maitri practice to build goodwill and empathy -thematic songs and poems, new for each week and each unit -closing song and gratitude practice -chatting, sharing time at the end of circle
-Access to the Fiddleheads private Youtube channel with new daily stories to accompany each nature study activity. This private Youtube channel also has bonus stories and meditations focused on emotional wellbeing during these anxious times.
-Lessons arranged by seasonally appropriate themes, tied to daily stories, including nature learning activities, poems, yoga poses, recipes, art activities and meditations.
-Access to the private Fiddleheads facebook group for sharing home learning and community resources.
-Regular newsletters to the community to help support families in staying current with our program and resources.
-One on one video meetings with teachers
-Optional meet ups at Mt Tabor Park in Portland as permitted by state Covid-19 regulations and restrictions
If you would like to join this learning community, please see the following suggested enrollment packages.
School Year Program Spring Semester January 11th through May 14th Level 1 -Online circle time 3x a week -Access to stories and videos on the Fiddleheads private Youtube channel -Daily lessons 5x a week for normal school days -Access to the online learning community facebook page -Monthly private facetime chats with a teacher -Monthly meetups at Mt Tabor Park (as permitted by public health guidelines) $1000/semester
Level 2 -Access to stories and videos on the Fiddleheads private Youtube channel -Daily lesson activities 5x a week -Access to the online learning community page $500/semester
Families wanting to enroll as a "pod" receive 10% discount per family.
To enroll please contact Jessica at email@example.com or visit our Enrollment page and leave a message.
All new enrolling families will have a private welcome conference with the teachers and a personal introduction to the program.
All levels start at the beginning of the semester and are subject to available space.