Applications for the 2024-2025 PLAYschool year are now open
VALUE OF UNSTRUCTURED OUTDOOR PLAY-BASED LEARNING
Human beings are born with a genetic predisposition to be in direct contact with nature; The first years of a child's life are the most important since it is the period in which they will learn skills and attitudes that will become the basis of their personality for a lifetime, which is why their experiences during this training period will determine their way of facing the world, the level of self-confidence, how to interact with others, as well as their ability to understand and manage their own emotions while being part of a community.
Our programs are designed to positively connect young children with nature through immersion activities that stimulate their innate curiosity about the natural world. One of the cornerstones of this educational philosophy is that there is no pre-determined curriculum. Rather, the lesson plans flow organically from what nature presents us with and from children's interests each day.
We trust their interest reflects what they are developmentally ready to learn. We believe that young children learn best through direct experience with the natural world.
Our goal is to tap into their sense of wonder about nature while teaching values and basic natural science principles in the field. Our role is that of a Facilitator, a Mentor and a Guide, actively modeling curiosity and engagement in nature while allowing children's interest to lead the day.
Nature is a healing salve for anxiety and inner conflicted emotions.
Often children reveal stress from their home life either physically or verbally. At MNP we believe It is important guide, help and give space to children to feel comfortable to talk about their feelings and troubles.
At the same time we maintain the position that simply being in nature is therapeutic and to resist taking on the role of child-therapist or confidante.
We look for children to recognize both their own abilities and those of others.
Competition is prevalent in our world, looking for the final winner in every step of our life.
The Forest kindergarten model values cooperation, teamwork and encourages the idea that we can accomplish more when we work together without taking away the right of the children to express their desires and to develop the ability to be comfortable by themselves.
There are so many physical benefits as a result of spending time outside that we could not list them all here. Benefits for children supported by scientific studies includes:
*Increase creativity and imagination.
*Boost the immune system
*20 minutes outdoors improves the ability to focus, even in children diagnosed with ADHD.
*Reduce the risk of myopia on children and
*Helps fight anxiety and stress.