Forest Kinder Co-Op

For children ages 5-7 years (K, 1st, 2nd)

Not all classrooms have four walls! The Notchcliff Forest Kinder Co-Op is for families who want to balance home school or online learning with social play and nature connection in a small group setting.

This drop-off program is offered for the full year (Sept 9, 2021 - May 26, 2022) or in half-year semesters, either Autumn Semester or Winter/Spring Semester. Classes are offered on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. for children doing home school in K-2nd grades (ages 5-7).

Exploring our Natural Community
Autumn semester: Thursdays, Sept. 9 - Dec. 16, 2021 from 1-4 p.m.

Science inquiry and social studies include map-making, basic ecology concepts, plant and animal ID, tracking, and learning about Indigenous communities. Stories that connect to our seasonal adventures are infused throughout.

Nature Arts & Handcrafts 
Winter/Spring semester: Thursdays, Feb. 17 - May 26, 2022 from 1-4 p.m.
Creative arts, music, and dramatic play collide with primitive skills as we explore natural materials through the arts. Stories that connect to our seasonal adventures are infused throughout.

The children's time is devoted to nature play and exploration, which we value above all else because of its significant benefits. We provide a balanced approach to emergent, child-directed curriculum with with experiences and activities that align with grade level expectations. We will loosely refer to Blossom and Root and Wild Math home school curricula to inform some of our intentional teaching practices, depending on the class. Teachers are familiar with Maryland Model for School Readiness Standards (MMSR), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Standards, however, they are a reference point for our learning, not a checklist

By joining the Forest Kinder Co-Op, a parent from your family agrees to join us for 1-2 classes per semester with prior background check. (One or both parents may volunteer and bring younger siblings if needed.) Parents provide helpful support to teachers and get a bird’s eye view into their child’s learning experiences. This is an important way we build community, share one another’s successes, and work together to encourage meaningful learning.

This program meets entirely outdoors, rain or shine! You will receive complete details about gear and policies when you register. Your child must be five (5) years old by September 1st to meet the age requirement. 

Spaces are available a first come, first serve basis. Additional policies specific to COVID-19 are provided during registration.

Have questions? Contact the Site Coordinator, Daniella, for more info or register here.