Why a Forest Kindergarten?
Check out some of the benefits
Children's minds are stimulated and engaged in our cognitively rich and ever-changing outdoor classroom. Our kids find joy in experimenting, observing, exploring, building, collecting, sorting and concentrating. The opportunities to practice and improve learning how to learn while still having fun and being a kid are endless at Sol Shine.
The time our students spend learning and having fun in nature organically grows a love and respect for all living things. Not only do the children become knowledgeable about the flora and fauna found around the Yakima Valley, but are taught to consider the impact of their actions on the environment.
The physical habits practiced in childhood last a lifetime. Daily nature play at Sol Shine may include running, jumping, digging, climbing, hiking, balancing, dancing, and skipping. Students are constantly improving fine and gross motor skills during nature play. They discover their individual capabilities and boundaries while at the same time learn to assess risk.
Numerous settings and great inspirations for children to imagine scenarios are found in the outdoors. We encourage story-telling, make believe and just plain silliness. For children who want to create something tangible, we use natural materials found outside. Creation of individual or collaborative artwork is common here. Teachers encourage and inspire our students to express their unique abilities.
Social and Emotional
Forms of social and emotional maturity such as curiosity, love of learning and discovery, the ability to follow simple instructions, personal initiative and a developing sense of self are fostered through play. Shared play nourishes skills such as taking turns, respecting others' opinions, and making up rules. Our teachers guide students toward self-regulation, vital for future success.
PO Box 924
Yakima, WA 98907
1401 Arboretum Drive
Yakima WA 98901