Chavitos! Nature School
Preschool Program - Ages 2-5
We are full for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact us to be added to our waitlist.
Our preschool program is a unique experience. We believe in the power of play, exploration and following the child. Located on a little less than an acre in the heart of urban Tacoma we have a vibrant diverse setting to learn about ourselves and each other. The kids learn about the strength of their bodies and their ability to problem solve when climbing the old growth rhododendrons and apple trees. They learn how to check in with a friend who gets hurt. When mixing water and grass in the mud kitchen they explore science concepts of volume and space. A wagon being pulled teaches them about force and weight. It's all pure magic!
We have morning session at 8:30-11:30 and afternoon session 1:00-4:00.
We believe that the act of play is children's greatest work. It is enough. It is sacred. It is powerful. Naturally opportunities arise for students to build and practice social-emotional skills and moral intelligence. Some questions we ask while they are playing might be, "Who has the power in this game? Why?" "Who hasn't had a chance with the resources and materials? How can we make it more accessible for everyone?" "How do you think they are feeling right now? Is there any way you would like to make amends with them?"
Using our certification in Montessori philosophy you will see children who are encouraged to be independent. They clean up their snack, they put on a layer when cold, they climb up and down trees without a lift. Through this they learn to listen to their bodies, learn their limits and edges and get to know themselves and others.
We like to consider ourselves as a school with heart. We love to connect to families with intention and authenticity. During the spring, summer and fall we have monthly potlucks every third Saturday of the month. This is a wonderful time when we have more time to connect over shared food and stories. Parents meet their child's best forest friends, see them climb their favorite trees and swap parenting techniques or laugh over each others latest parenting battles and struggles.
Also there is a monthly newsletter full of connection to the season, parenting strategies and updates about school. Here is an example of one to give you an idea.
2021-2022 School Year
2021-2022 School Year
During the summer we have many students who vacation, meaning we have open spots for drop ins. This is a great time for students enrolled for the fall to come join us for a class. If your student has done a trial hour we will contact you when we have a drop in available.
Next year we will be in transition! We will be opening the afternoon class 1:00-4:00 to older preschool students. We will be moving our elementary program to a different location to make more spaces for the high demand of preschool students. If you are interested in our extended elementary program check out the tab on our website!