Our CSNL Nature Preschool is a mixed-age program based on love and respect for children as whole beings and the natural world around us. We hope to instill a love of learning through open-ended provocations, teacher-guided explorations, and emergent based curriculum focused on the foundational skills that will support your child in becoming an resourceful, confident, and kind learner. Our Forest Leaders create developmentally appropriate routines based on the NH Early Learning Standards including nature based art and sensory experiences, STEM activities, and dramatic play schemes as well as basic survival skills, cooking, and plant and animal identification. We also include a Morning Meeting time based on the Responsive Classroom Curriculum and 45 minutes of uninterrupted, non-teacher led Free Exploration to encourage authentic social connection, child-led problem solving, and deep imaginative play. All out in Nature!
Our flexible schedule and differentiated activities aims to meet each child where they are and guide them in their own, unique growth. All the children, whether they are a Cottontail (2-3 yrs), Chickadee (3-4 yrs), or Coyote (4-5yrs), work together as a classroom family and support each other in their learning journeys. Families may choose 2, 3, or 5 days per week and the programs runs 9:00-12:00.