We Believe in Children
WE ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES
WE EXPLORE OUTSIDE RAIN OR SHINE
Emerging Sprouts merges both classroom and forest environments. our program sees children as co-creators of their learning process in the forest.
We are a Reggio Emilia inspired Forest School. We believe each group of children bring their own unique interests to school. Our curriculum is based on the interest of the group, ever-changing and documented by our teachers on a daily basis.
At Emerging Sprouts we believe that every child should have access to expansive nature.
PARENTS & FAMILIES CLASS 18 mo. - 2.5/3 years old
Our Tadpoles class meets on Fridays from 9:30-11:30 am. Parents/guardians accompany their child and the group explores the natural world together. This class helps children acclimate to the forest classroom. They have the opportunity to socialize with other children, get messy in the elements, and experience forest school with the support of a parent or guardian.
Winter Session: January 25th - March 8th (no class 2/15/19)
Spring Session: March 29th - May 10th (no class 4/26/19)
For a limited time get 20% off when you register enter the promo code: NEWYEAR2019
PRESCHOOL CLASS FOR AGES 3-5
Our Minnows class meets Monday- Thursday for either 2 days or 4 days per week from 9am-1pm. During our classes we explore the natural world, we have circle time, and we follow the interest of the group in many open-ended explorations. Activities include hiking, creek romping, painting, climbing trees, fort building, and much more!
We are currently enrolling for our 2 day or 4 day/wk preschool program. Sign up for a trail day to try out our current class!
AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR AGES 5-10
Our Coyote class meets Monday & Tuesday from 1- 4 pm. We currently offer monthly or drop in care for students coming from a Berkeley or Kensington! Home school families and groups are encouraged to join us in Fort Building, Creek Romping, Tree Climbing, Story Telling and much more!
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN FOR AGES 4.5-6
Our Redtail Hawks class meet Monday thru Friday from 9am-3pm. During our classes we explore the natural world, we have circle time, and we follow the interest of the group in many open-ended explorations. Our Redtail Hawks spend time working in journals and doing group directed projects. Activities include hiking, creek romping, journaling, painting, climbing trees, fort building, and much more!
Now accepting applications for Sept 2019
Director and Teacher:
Emma has spent the past 12 years teaching preschool and working as a Child Development Specialist. She founded emerging Sprouts forest school because she saw a need for children to have access to nature and being outdoors. She graduated from San Francisco State University with her bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Emma loves to be outside playing and has a deep love for the curiosity of children.
Joanne graduated from Michigan State University with her degree in Environmental Science. She has spent the past four years working with children in various Outdoor Education settings. Joanne brings her love of nature and animals with her to the forest classroom, often stopping to point out a plant or natural phenomenon in the forest.
Emma is an amazing teacher,
with a loving heart, strong
boundaries, and a strong sense
of magic and fun. She's also a fierce role model--particularly for young girls and gender non-conforming children--in a world of princess girls and lego boys. I can't think of anyone better to guide a preschooler through forest adventures!
Aya de Leon
Author and UC Berkeley faculty
Emma’s real world depth of
understanding of child develop-
ment has been garnered from
both formal education and years of working with a wide range of children in many different contexts. She is patient, constructive and allows children to take appropriate risks. Add in her naturalist skills and understanding of how nature can benefit children and you have a recipe for a forest preschool.
Public Programs Manager, Cincinnati Nature Center
Wildcat Canyon, The Berkeley Marina, Blake Garden and Codornices Park.