Ages 4.5 - 6
2021/2022 Program Offerings
The Blackberries program follows a nature curriculum that is guided by the seasons, natural processes and events, and students’ interests. While exact subjects may differ based on these elements, a typical year includes the following topics:
Fall: decomposition, mushrooms, spiders, deciduous v. evergreen trees, rain, mud, slugs and snails
Winter: survival, hibernation, migration, ice, temperature, holidays, community, fire, ducks and other water birds
Spring: seeds, flowers, insects, berries, life cycles, metamorphosis, birds, frogs, water exploration, ferns and shrubs
Along with our nature curriculum, each day will allow for extended free play and exploration, an engaging yoga practice and mindfulness exercise, nature journaling, and stories. There will also be many opportunities for group games, hiking and nature-based artistic and creative activities.
One of the primary goals of our programs is to build social and emotional skills through extended free play, cooperative games and projects, and mindfulness practice. Our teachers support the students’ growth and independence by encouraging them to work through challenges, questions and disagreements on their own, with teacher guidance and assistance as needed. This helps build perseverance, independence and cooperation. By being present and aware but limiting intervention until it is needed, teachers allow the children to authentically interact with each other and to build vital social skills.
St. Edward State Park Location
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.
Time: 10:15am - 2:45pm
Class ratio: 1 teacher for every 6 students
Program Length: Mid-September to mid-June
Tuition: $2070 for each day of the week enrolled. This is divided into 9 payments. The first payment of $230 is your non-refundable deposit to hold your spot in the class. After the deposit is paid, there are 8 monthly payments of $230 due on the 15th of each month starting August 15th, with the last payment on March 15th.