We thank the many parents who have called and visited our school for preschool programs this year. At this point we have now filled all available spaces for the 2017/18 school year. If you are still interested in registration, we encourage you to add your child's name to our online waiting list. There is no cost to be added to our wait list and it is easy! Once your information is received, we will contact you to let you know your placement on the waiting list for next year.
What is the Reggio Emilia approach?
This educational approach is named after a city in Italy where it originated. There are several key elements to the approach:
We believe that your child's preschool education should be a cooperative effort between the school, the child, and the parents. At Forest Hill Nature Preschool & Childcare parents are valued and supported. We will work with you to create the best educational experience for your child, including lots of opportunities for parents to be involved with the curriculum and with the school--field trips, celebrations, and special parent & child events.
We value children's active participation in the learning process. Children are presented with many materials both natural and traditional with which to help them construct their own understandings of concepts taught. This is a powerful approach to education--children learn best when they are excited and involved in their own learning, and children behave best when they are provided with both guidance and respect by their teachers.
The school environment is essential to providing children with a meaningful learning experience. We believe that an outdoor learning environment provides children with opportunities to interact with nature--observing, experimenting, building, planting, and tending. Our classroom environments are carefully planned to offer children opportunities to become artists, dancers, singers, builders, scientists, chefs, athletes, mathematicians, readers, and writers.
Education of the Whole Child
Your child's academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth is our top priority. We will challenge your child with academics presented through play and hands-on projects. Children will be offered regular opportunities for working with I-Pads and classroom computers. Weekly Spanish instruction will challenge your child to learn basic Spanish phrases and concepts. Regular cooking projects and activities will give your children excellent mathematical applications and memorable real-world experiences. We will teach your child to use the Fruits of the Spirit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control--on a daily basis in all interactions at school. We will teach your child how to use specific strategies to share, take turns, cooperate, and handle conflicts. We are dedicated to helping your child become the unique and special person God has created him or her to be!
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
Native American Proverb
* We intend to give the earth back to your children by providing daily natural experiences that include exploration, experimentation, and inquiry.
* Our facility provides children with the only center-based natural playground in Harford county.
* We promote recycling in classrooms and in the community--offering recycling at school for paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum as well as juice bags, chip bags and wrappers, and offering community recycling for paper and cardboard, CDs and DVDs, cell phones, computer cables, remotes, and ink cartridges.
* We are dedicated to helping families reduce trash by offering incentives to students for bringing re-usable containers in their lunches instead of disposable bags.
* We will reduce our trash at school by composting some of our food scraps into our worm compost bin.
* We learn to take good care of our school's pets. Blackjack is a 4-year-old black and white rabbit who lives inside and likes to visit his outdoor hutch in our playground when we are outside. Children take turns feeding and caring for Blackjack and Blackjack loves to come visit the children in their classrooms. Tuko and Elsa are our pet lizards. Tuko is a leopard gecko and Elsa is a bearded dragon. The children love to help feed the lizards (we keep live crickets for them to eat) and they love to pet Elsa. Lightning is our newest pet--he is a box turtle and we are enjoying getting to know him, watching him move, and feeding him (especially when he eats worms!)
* We practice organic gardening--giving the children a chance to plant and care for flowers, vegetables, and herbs.
* We practice and teach water conservation in the classroom and outside, making use of our rain barrel to help us keep our plants hydrated.