Are you really outside all the time? What about bad weather?
There is an old Norwegian saying, "There is no such thing as bad weather, only innappropriate clothing!" The beauty of a nature immersion program such as Timber Creek, is that we teach children the value of all the the seasons, rain or shine. As long as children are dressed appropriately (we have a specific dress code for certain times of the season) no one complains about the weather! Remember, it's GERMS that cause illness, not rain or snow! That being said, Timber Creek has multiple covered areas where we typically eat lunch, play instruments, read nature stories and sometimes take shelter in a downpour.
How many children are in each class?
We keep our class sizes very small! Each forest school session or camp has a maximum of 6 children per teacher. This allows us to be able to notice each child's unique gifts, talents and weaknesses which enables us to help each child on an individual level while keeping everyone engaged.
How will my preschooler learn if they are outside all day?
This is our favorite question to answer! The opportunities for rich and deep learning and understanding is plentiful in nature! Children are exceptionally curious people and learn best when they are learning in an interest-led and experiential manner (being involved and hands on vs. paper and pictures). Each day they naturally encounter and resolve complex problems, use reasoning skills (why), learn science (plants, animals and health), use and hear enhanced language and communication (lots of talking, asking questions and interacting) and see and enact empathy (care of animals, environment, self and others). Most importantly, children constantly use their imaginations in nature, work cooperatively and must be mindful of their actions at all times. This builds an amazing amount of confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness.
“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” - Natalie Angier Author, Scientist & Pulitzer Prize Winner