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Nature Preschool at Heart Centered Multi-Age

The Nature Preschool at Heart Centered Multi-Age is a child-centered outdoor preschool program held in partnership with the Slim Baker Foundation for Outdoor Education, Inc.  Our playbased curriculum is designed specifically for our youngest, three year old learners.  

At Heart Centered Multi-Age, we believe that children learn best in a fun and exciting environment. We believe in the education of the the whole child, cognitively, physically, socially, and spiritually.  

Congitively - Children in the Nature Preschool develop congnitive skills such as literacy and numeracy, and a willingness to apply themselves in problem solving.

Physically - Children in the Nature Preschool develop physical competence through fine and gross motor play and building with one's own hands.

Socially, - Children in the Nature Preschool develop a sense of empathy, reciprocity and love of family, friends and others.

Spiritually - Children in the Nature Preschool develop a spiritual sense of unity between self and the natural world and all its creatures. *

*(Sobel 2015, 85)

Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:30      Early morning drop off at HCMA's main location

8:30 - 9:00      Children at HCMA prepare to leave for Slim Baker Lodge

9:00 - 11:00    Morning Circle, introduction to the day.

                       Learning Stations in the outdoor classroom.

                       Snack

                       Small and large group investigations of weekly themes.

11:00 - 11:15 Transition inside

11:15 - 12:15 Indoor work time: Our remote classroom will be set up with traditional                              Montessori materials as well as natural objects brought in from outside.  

12:15 -12:45 Lunch Time

12:45 - 1:00 Prepare to return to HCMA for pick up. 


Hours and Pricing

Tuesday and Thursday  9:00 - 1:00.  Early drop off available at HCMA's main location.

Tuition - $2,400. 

Enrollment Fee - $200

School Year Calendar - Nature Preschool Only

September 6th - First Day of School

November 23rd - 25th - Thanksgiving Recess

December 21st - 30th - Christmas Recess

February 27th - March 3rd - February Recess

April 24th - 28th - April Recess

June 8th - Last Day of School *

*Snow days will be made up the week of June 12th.