An Ideal Learning Environment

In many preschools, outdoor time and authentic play are being replaced by an intense emphasis on learning letters and numbers in a very formal, structured and teacher-directed manner. However current research indicates that children learn differently from adults and that these early literacy and math programs and the highly structured indoor classroom environment may actually be detrimental to a child’s later academic success.

In 2007, I developed Cedarsong Nature School’s Forest Kindergarten, the first of its kind in the U.S. based on the German waldkindergarten