nature preschool

Wild Hearts Details:
Ages: 3-5 yrs
Class Size: 10-12 students; 2 Guides
Location: 895 Linden Rd, Pinehurst
Hours: 8:45-12:15 Monday-Friday (Parents may choose 2, 3 or 5 day attendance)

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“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them, in a real forest. Something emanates from those trees which speaks to the soul, something no book, no museum is capable of giving.”
~Dr. Maria Montessori

Wild Hearts is a nature immersion preschool program for children ages 3-5 years. We are now enrolling for our Spring 2019 semester beginning January 2019 for 3 days per week from 9am-12pm and for the 2019-20 school year for 2, 3 or 5 days per week.

Wild Hearts’ dynamic curriculum knocks down the classroom walls and opens up a world of wonder and beauty for these students. The outdoors are exploding with opportunities for learning in all areas of development. This is a fully outdoor program (barring unsafe weather) offering a uniquely prepared outdoor classroom, a lively, blooming garden and acres of wooded trails and forest. Children will challenge themselves on our mini low-ropes course; participate in dramatic play in the outdoor theater, fairy garden and mud kitchen; learn about engineering concepts in our building area and participate in unique art projects fueled only by their own creativity.

Children gain valuable life skills as they extend their understanding of the world through nature education; science and engineering projects, agriculture and animal care, yoga and mindfulness, nutrition and human health, team building, creative arts and music. Children will have the chance to work independently, build confidence and also to form relationships with peers and with the world around them in a truly meaningful way: through real-life experiences in nature.

Wild Hearts incorporates aspects of Montessori, Reggio Emilia and the Forest Kindergarten philosophy in order to provide a unique and dynamic experience for children in an authentically natural environment.
*The Garden also employs a Spanish teacher who works with the students of Wild Hearts once a week using playful lessons, songs and immersion methods to expose children to the Spanish language and culture.

Program Details:

2019 Spring Tuition & Fees
January 8th – May 30th 2019
(soft opening for a limited number of children)
Ages: 3-6 yrs
(placement is determined by the child’s age as of January 1st; children must be fully potty trained)

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – RAIN OR SHINE!
Hours: 9am-12pm
(see handbook for weather-related closings and cancellation policy)

2019 Spring Wild Hearts Calendar
Required Enrollment Forms
Wild Hearts Parent Handbook
Winter Gear List

Enrolled families please also visit the Parent Portal for further information.
To be considered for enrollment, please submit the application form.
*No application fee is required for application for Spring 2019*

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature…so that the child may better understand and participate in the marvelous things which civilization creates.” Montessori

“Modern observations and child-study have led us to realize that as soon as the child can go out of doors, we must take him with us.” Montessori

“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining, let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath it’s shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping.” Montessori

“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” Montessori

“Montessori is about a kid with a stick, digging a hole in the mud–hands dirty, engaged, fascinated, uninterrupted.” Trevor Eissler