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Wildwood Forest School programs are based on a child led, holistic approach to development that engages the heart, hands, mind and body. We are inspired by the famous Cedarsong Wamethod as well as works by David Sobel, Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Richard Louv, Kim John Pane, Janet Lansbury, Dr. Laura Markham and many others.

↟ To inspire Curiosity for learning
↟ Instill Compassion for every living thing
↟ Nurture authentic Connection to self, community, and the natural world

↟ Children—We believe children are inherently competent, intelligent, creative, and loving beings.

↟ Curiosity—we harness the natural curiosity of young children by asking questions at the peak of discovery or interest. We continue asking questions to encourage reflection, conversation among peers, or further exploration.

↟ Compassion—we treat ourselves, each other, and every living thing—big or small—with kindness, empathy, and respect.

↟ Connection—we believe that we are a part of nature, not separate from it. We model and instill a deep love, wonder, and gratitude for nature. This authentic connection to nature leads to caring for our forests and natural environments. 

↟ Physical Experience—we strive to create a place where children can be fully “in” their bodies, testing their limits and experiencing themselves as strong, confident physical beings. Children are free to explore and learn with all of their senses. Through year-long nature immersion programs, children become hardy and resilient, and more in-tune with their body's needs.

↟ Peacefulness—we model and encourage kind and intentional communication. We encourage the development of friendships, community, and social and emotional maturity. The children learn that the forest is a sanctuary for respite and rejuvenation.

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