Valley Forest School is committed to 100% outdoor class time. We believe complete nature immersion, unstructured learning, child-inspired learnings, inquiry-based teaching style and creative play are all the vital for children's development.
Lesson plans flow organically each day from what nature presents and from the children’s interests. Our teachers strive to be immersed in the children’s sense of awe and wonder about nature. The teachers’ role is a mentor and guide, actively modeling curiosity and engagement in nature while allowing children’s interests to lead the day.
We believe at Valley Forest School that children have an innate desire to spend a large amount of their day outdoors to get the stimulation their developing minds and bodies need. We believe hands-on experiential learning is the best form of childhood education. When children are encouraged to play outdoors, it increases creativity, balance, imagination, hand-eye coordination, strength, physical stamina, and clear thoughts. When children’s natural curiosity is encouraged, learning flows organically.
As a member of the Forest School Leauge, Valley Forest School support whole-child development through recreational, outdoor, nature-based programming for young children in the context of a youth sports league using “forest school” pedagogy.