This is not your ordinary early childhood program. The Acorn Weevils Forest Kindergarten are exposed to the joys of intimate connection to nature and finding their place in a community of peers and mentors. They have incredible moments of resiliency, courage, pride, and beauty.
While a full day in the forest can seem a long time for children this age, this time allows for invaluable opportunities to learn about our energy and needs at different times of day. The full day also invites us to dive deeper into projects, adventure further to new places, and immerse ourselves completely in the lessons that the forest presents.
There are moments of intense joy and others of overwhelming emotion. We ask a lot of the children. We teach them to monitor and meet their individual needs. Acorn Weevils are coached not only to help themselves but to support their peers. They take care of their gear and pack things up themselves, carrying their backpacks throughout the woods, on- and off-trail. Variable New England weather, mosquitoes, unfamiliar forest, and being away from their daily caretakers are all challenges that Weevils face frequently. All of this amounts to a very different experience than they may have ever had before. We are privileged to be a part of their growth and learning in a loving environment and to witness them emerge even more resilient children!
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