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Rooted & Free Nature School

Camp Kirchenwald1 Cut Off RoadLebanon, PA 17042Phone: 717-500-1930Email: rootedandfreenatureschool@gmail.comWebsite: Visit Website Google Map

Rooted & Free Nature School's preschool is designed for children ages 3.5 to 5. Their 2021/2022 school year will be held at Camp Kirchenwald on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-12:00, running from September 7, 2021, through May 26, 2022. For more information, head on over to www.rootedandfree.org.

We also offer monthly Wild Wednesdays! programming during the school year for preK-2nd grade and 3rd-6th grade students. Wild Wednesdays! are designed to keep your child active, inquisitive, and engaged in learning about their world. These screen-free mornings provide a healthy dose of face-to-face peer interactions in a multi-sensory natural setting. Programming focuses on nature exploration, creative play, and problem-solving, centered around a daily theme. These enrichment offerings build real-world context for a wide range of science and STEM concepts that your child will utilize throughout their educational journey.

At Rooted and Free Nature School, we foster a caring and positive atmosphere in which children can learn. As we bridge the gap from home to school, we offer opportunities for children to connect with nature while developing the needs of the whole child. Through exploration and hands-on activities that are both child-centered and teacher-directed, we introduce social, emotional, and physical skills as well as language and math competencies. Theme-related activities emphasize the process rather than the product and foster a sense of accomplishment.  

Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation, and reinforcement through repetition. Schedules are designed to balance structure and free choice as well as active and quiet times. We recognize that children advance through developmental stages at their own pace. Through the love of learning, we allow children to experience their own stage of development and help them to feel success without pressure.

We value the involvement and support of our families in the program. The connections that we make with each family member are important links in creating shared experiences that ultimately foster the development of our school community. By respecting the individuality of the students and their families and by celebrating diversity, we develop a nurturing community that thrives on its successes and contributes to the development of the whole child.