WILDERNESS LEARNING COOPERATIVE
Nurturing Natural Learning
Welcome to our Nature Kindergarten! We are a pioneer South African Forest Kindergarten!
Nature Kindergarten: Fully outdoor, immersive, early learning experience.
- Ages 3 – 7 yrs.
- Mondays – Fridays 08:00 – 13:00
Little Sprouts Parent-Toddler Playgroup: Fully outdoor parent-toddler social free-play experience.
- Ages 18 months – 3 yrs.
- Wednesdays 10:00 – 12:00
VISION & PHILOSOPHY:
Inspired by the international Waldkindergarten – Forest Kindergarten – model, we have created one of South Africa’s first completely outdoor nature kindergartens.
We believe that for young children to naturally develop in a balanced and individual manner, they need to be immersed in nature and be allowed to play play play!!
We offer a natural, emergent, immersion learning experience that cultivates a deep connection to nature, community and self. Our Nature Kindergarten will be held completely outdoors in all seasons throughout the year, to encourage children to learn, explore and play in a natural environment with adult facilitation that nurtures their learning experience rather than just leading it. Self-directed learning is at the heart of our approach.
We want to nurture slowing down, mindful observation and deep listening. We aim to support each child in reaching their own conclusions about what they experience and observe, and to trust what they feel based on this. We also believe that every child is a genius in their own way.
We believe that a learner-led environment with constant living and changing aspects, and facilitators who take the responsibility of supporting each child in their individual strengths and interests, will enable all children to develop their innate genius.
We hope to see you in the forest!!!