At Forest Time Kindergarten, we provide learning experiences that nurture the full developmental needs: physical, cognitive, and social-emotional of a young child.
As stated by Jessica Kiley, founder of Blue Ridge Forest School, “According to best practices in early childhood education, children need abundant and regular opportunities to move freely outdoors, fill their senses, study natural laws, experiment using open-ended materials, problem-solve, take initiative, collaborate, use their imagination, and develop social skills through child-led play. Being a part of a consistent community of mixed-aged children in an outdoor setting, facilitated by responsive, highly-qualified adult guides, allows for this whole-child development to occur at this critical period in a person's life. The results are empowered, active learners, rather than passive consumers of information. The results are relaxed and joyful children that take care of each other and the world around them.
Children with these nature-rich, playful, child-centered experiences learn to manage risks, have better critical-thinking skills, score higher on standardized tests, are more relaxed, have better focus, better social skills, and have healthier, more neurologically-integrated bodies (visit the "Resources" section for links to this research).
Becoming connected to a natural place during childhood--to intimately experience it change week by week, season by season--will provide gifts of skill, wisdom, and a sense of wonder that will last a lifetime.”
Meet Sherri Dauer, the Director and Founder of Forest Time Kindergarten
Sherri lived in Massachusetts for 10 years where she gained an appreciation for the Earth's environment and expanded her love for the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and exploring all things nature. The only thing she loves more than the outdoors is her family and spending time with them, especially her granddaughter, Jadyn. As a paraprofessional at the Perrysburg Preschool Sherri has a great love for working with children and saw an opportunity to join together her two loves, children and nature, when she decided to bring something new to the Toledo area education system, a Forest School. With the hope of creating a better learning environment for young children in our area she became certified Level 1 and 2 by the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) as a Forest Early Education Teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. She is also a certified member of ERAFANS and is currently enrolled in their Naturally Ready for Kindergarten certificate. She has furthered her education by completing the Nature Summit in North Carolina, attending and completing the Teacher Training at Waldorf School in New York, as well as the Step Up To Quality (Ohio Department of Education) Ohio Verified courses: Early Childhood Education and Development, Autism, and More. Sherri has been promoted to the role of Co-Chair of the ERAFANS Ohio State Chapter and is thrilled to be bringing this growing educational field to not only Northwest Ohio but all of Ohio. Sherri is a genuine soul who cares for all creatures of the Earth, a practicing organic-vegan, and Christian.
Meet Annie Rose Land, Assistant Teacher and Media Coordinator
Annie Rose is mother to two children/Forest Friends, Danny (4) and Elsie Rose (1). She has always had a love for being outdoors and grew up within walking distance of the Maumee River and Sidecut Metropark. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, cardio/weight lifting, gardening, and learning new ways to engage with her children. Hoping to pass on a sense of love and stewardship for Nature, Annie Rose has tried to get her children outside every day and when she heard about Forest Time Kindergarten, she knew it was right up her alley. With a B.A. in English from BGSU, and a M.D. in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Annie is now registered as an in-training educator with the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) to further her knowledge of forest schools and child development. Annie Rose helps Sherri Dauer, Founder and Director of Forest Time Kindergarten, with website development, marketing, social media, and expansion. Her family loves to hike and explore the outdoors. She and her husband have recently taken up backpack camping and look forward to sharing this experience with their children this spring.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to book Sherri as a Guest Presenter on The Beneftits of Outdoor Education at your school, church or event.
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