We start our year at Cave Springs Camp, Beamsville. Accepting full time and part time students. We are ready to work with your chld’s public school schedule – whatever that may be! COVID policies will be implemented.
Full and Part time
- 9:00AM to 3:30PM
- Subsidies are available
- Before and after care is available
2019 – 2020 parent guide here
The basis of our program are expanded on here:
Immersed in nature – research supports our own observations, that time in the woods is good for a child’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Reliance is built when children trek into the woods in all kinds of weather, negotiating trails, working as a team, and assessing and taking risks in the physical environment. Regular and extended time visiting the same location in the woods helps develop the relationship the child has with nature, as well as allowing them to witness the seasons throughout the year.
Child centred – trained teachers work individually with your child to develop their educational plan. Our model allows for regular individual consultations and lessons, as well as providing resources for individual practice of academic skills.
Inquiry based – “I notice, I wonder, it reminds me’. Children will be encouraged to ask their own questions, and practice mindfulness and observation skills. As children spend more time in the woods, their sense of wonder is heightened; questions become more complex and connections are made.
Project based – with varying levels of independence, children will complete projects of their choice throughout the semester. A project on bees, for example, may look like a labelled drawing of a bee, a song or book on pollinators, or it may be a well-researched video presentation on the importance of bees. Experienced teachers help to bring in aspects of math, literacy, language, and the arts. Project based learning also develops skills needed to be a successful learner, such as: research, independent learning, seeking understanding, etc.