Why Nature School?

Instills Confidence. Encourages Problem-Solving.

Time Outdoors

A Necessary Childhood Pursuit

 

Unplugging is critical for young children. However, our increasingly technology-dependent society is losing sight of that need.

Access to Nature

To improve a child’s physical and mental health, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children engage in 60 minutes of daily unstructured free play.

Elachee Nature Academy goes a leap further.

We provide educational experiences in the classroom, yet spend more than 75-percent of the instructional day outdoors. This encourages natural curiosity and helps our young students better understand the natural world around them.

Children who have access to nature at an early age gain a sense of confidence. This helps them solve problems without as much parent intervention.

Educational Philosophy

 

Elachee Nature Academy’s experienced educators integrate these strategies into their daily lessons:

  • Promoting age-appropriate academic concepts and practical understanding.
  • Providing a supportive, safe learning environment to encourage discovery and experimentation.
  • Offering sensory opportunities with live animals, natural objects, artifacts, and participation in trail games, outdoor exploration and arts activities.
  • Stimulating cognitive growth and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities.
  • Developing physical motor skills through active learning and play.
  • Cultivating social skills and positive self-image through group play and cooperative learning.
  • Nurturing self-expression, ingenuity and reflection.
  • Instilling respect and appreciation for the natural world.
  • Promoting physical, social, emotional and intellectual wellbeing.

Discipline Policy

 

We use a positive discipline approach to behavior management at Elachee Nature Academy – transforming conflicts into learning opportunities. This allows children to solve their own problems with the guidance and modeling of our experienced teachers. By learning self-regulation, young children can more readily embrace social and emotional learning and discipline.