At Natural Discovery, quality and loving care is important because we believe in the value of each child as an intentional and beautiful creation of God. We follow the teachings of the Bible and interweave its truths throughout the day as a natural part of lessons and conflict resolution. We pray before meals and incorporate Bible learnings in developing problem-solving skills. Conversations of faith are a natural part of the discoveries children make each day—from spotting a butterfly to experiencing the wonder in clay-modeling or painting.
Our mission is to affirm the value of each child by creating an environment that encourages learning and exploration and by engaging their families in meaningful
relationships. We believe in engaging children through their natural curiosity; we learn best by exploring our surroundings with all of our senses! Our forest school combines philosophies of Charlotte Mason, Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia through activities in science, music, art, language, literature, cooking and problem-solving in an outdoor setting.
Time spent at forest school isn’t meant to replace valuable time in a child’s family unit. Instead, we work to affirm the family structure through close relationships with parents and family. Through positive and regular communication, we partner with parents to create the best possible experience for children when they are away from home. Additional resources for parents help ensure that when families are together, they’re able to focus on the most important thing—being together.
Welcome to Natural Discovery
Where each child is valued and loved in an environment that encourages participation based on relationship, listening, openness, and recognition of others. At Natural Discovery, we believe everything has purpose and value. This describes our approach to natural resources, the materials we use in the classroom, and even in our setting. We've lovingly created outdoor classrooms, free of walls to bounce off of and rich in natural learning materials. Come out to the forest and see for yourself.
At Natural Discovery, all our programs reflect our firm belief in children as strong, capable and resilient, rich with wonder, knowledge and potential. We've designed our programs specifically to give children the ability to learn independently and become lifelong learners. We strive to keep faith, play and nature at the forefront of our curriculum.
Our nature-based outdoor preschool program is designed for children between the ages of 3-5-years old. We offer a part-time educational program with a wonder-based curriculum for children in this age range who are potty trained. Our forest preschool program focuses on building children's independence through outdoor exploration, play, and peer-relationships.
Our nature-based outdoor Kindergarten program serves children between the ages of 5-6 years-old. Although this program is still play-based, our Kindergarteners begin a more formal approach to education as they practice reading, writing, and continue to explore the world around them.