Chavitos! Nature School

Nature Inspired, Spanish Immersed

Ages 2-5 and Grades K-5

Our classrooms are varied and mostly outside.  We have a 16 foot geodome that we use when it rains.  We converted a garage into an art studio that holds our library, work spaces, and supplies.  Our hallway functions as a mudroom to strip off wet layers before heading to the geodome or to the outside classroom spaces.  

We have a rolling table that comes out of  the art studio expanding our space for cooking, art, and math work.  Our bathroom, sandbox and additional outdoor work space are ready to use at any moment!  Loose parts are organized and invite the students to explore and learn during two dedicated movement times during the day.  

Chavitos On the Hill 

Our new Elementary program

In the 2021-2022 school year Chavitos will be moving our elementary program to a second site. It will be on a property above a local Tacoma lake, just minutes from Chavitos preschool. Due to the great interest in the Chavitos model of outdoor exploration we see the need to expand!  

The elementary program known as On the Hill, will be moving and changing.  Meag will be using her Montessori skills of a multiage classroom to teach a small group of Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

We are currently in the process of hiring our co-teacher. We are committed to this teacher being a fluent Spanish speaker. They will give most instruction in Spanish. 

Class will be flexible and will follow the flow and interests of the children.  If the students are curious about our chicken and their eggs, but it's Spanish class time the class will continue with just a shift into more specific Spanish teaching. Maybe they start to learn the words for egg, feather, beck or learn phrases like "The chicken is red."  

During academic block Meag and the co-teacher will use their teaching and  Montessori background and experience to follow the child's needs. Some students might be working on a play to perform to parents and others might be working on a book to donate to the class library.  We believe there are many ways to learn and we will honor the individual style of your child. 

We have three different options for Chavitos On the Hill.  

1. Elective option.  This is run like a cooperative.  Classes are offering Monday-Friday 9:00-11:45. You can enroll your child for as many or as few days as your family needs.  Each class is $10. The classes we will be offering are Spanish, art, social justice, marimba and dance, cooking, science and farm chores.  Parents are required to volunteer in a class during the year. Classes are limited to 15 students with a student teacher ratio of 2:7. 

2. Academic block. This is run like a tutoring session.  It will be taught as a multi-aged class. The classes are Literacy and Math. There will be whole group lessons such as read aloud and calendar. Also, there will be small group lessons which are decided by the needs of the students and will be focused on the skill and standards those students are ready for.  There will also be individual lessons to meet each child's unique needs.   Teacher to student ratio is 2:5.  The commitment is for five days a week 11:45-3:05.  This is offered to grades Kindergarten through Fifth. Lessons can be given in Spanish if this is your families preference. 

3. Full day. This is best for students under the age of 8. At age 8 students must be declared either homeschooling or enroll in a public or private school.  For this option the student participates Monday-Friday 9:00-3:05 for a full day of both electives and academic block.  


Interested? Click to find out about the cost of each program.  

Daily On the Hill Rhythm