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If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, let us
allow them to love the earth, before we ask them to save it.

- David Sobe


Monthly Single-Skills

Month Single-Skill
August Nature & Animals: relationships, investigations, habitats 
September Beneath Our Feet: soil, sand, rocks, fossils 
October All About Fall: acorns, fall leaves, pumpkins, nocturnal animals 
November Autumn Harvest: gratitude for nature, apples, fire & cooking  
December Welcome Winter: evergreen trees, shelters, winter solstice 
January Winter Wildlife: active animals, hibernation, animal tracks & signs 
February Winter Wonderland: snow, ice, freezing & melting 
March Changing Seasons: birds, migration, nests & eggs 
April Spring is Here: mud, insects, reptiles & amphibians, life cycles 
May Growing Gardens: seeds, flowers & pollinators, fruits & vegetables, decomposers 
June Summer Weather: clouds, rain, thunderstorms, sunlight & the summer solstice 
July Water Wonders: ocean, rivers, lakes & ponds, sink or float 

Wild Roots 2023-2024 Calendar

  • First Day of Wild Roots: Monday, August 21
  • Monday, September 4: Labor Day Holiday
  • Friday, November 10: Veteran’s Day Holiday
  • Monday, November 20-Friday, 24: Thanksgiving Break 
  • Last Day of Fall Semester: Friday, December 22
  • Monday, December 25-Wednesday, January 3: Winter Break 
  • First Day of Spring Semester: Thursday, January 4 
  • March 18-22: Spring Break 
  • Monday, May 27: Memorial Day Holiday 
  • Last Day of Spring Semester: Friday, May 31 
  • First Day of Summer Session: Monday, June 3 
  • Thursday, July 4-Friday, July 5: 4th of July Holiday 
  • Last Day of Summer Session: Friday, August 2 

Wild Roots 2024-2025 Calendar

  • First Day of Fall Semester: Monday, August 12
  • Monday, September 2: Closed for Labor Day 
  • Wednesday, November 27-Friday, November 29: Closed for Thanksgiving Break 
  • Last Day of Fall Semester: Friday, December 20
  • Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3: Closed for Winter Break 
  • First Day of Spring Semester: Monday, January 6 
  • March 17-21: Closed for Spring Break 
  • Monday, May 26-Tuesday, May 27: Closed for Memorial Day Holiday 
  • Last Day of Spring Semester: Friday, May 30 
  • First Day of Summer Session: Monday, June 2 
  • Thursday, July 3-Friday, July 4: Closed for 4th of July
  • Last Day of Summer Session: Friday, August 1 

Sample Daily Schedule

When/What Why
9:00-9:30 a.m.

Drop off and Play at Landing Pads
Upon arrival, families will prepare children for the day with toileting, sunscreen application, and layering up for the weather, then helping their child plug into play at our landing pads. Landing pads will rotate based on the weekly single-skill and may include things such as sensory tables full of science investigations, water table, mud kitchen, reading tent, art easel, building projects, or play in the fairy forest.  Then we say, “see you soon!” to our caregivers to start our days’ adventures.
9:40-9:50 a.m.

Gathering Circle
At the sound of the drumbeat echoing through the woods, we join together as a community to sing good morning songs, greet our friends, go over the weather, discuss expectations, and talk about the days’ rhythm.
9:50-10:20 a.m.

Snack and Storytime
We take a break to use the potty and wash hands, then we head to our morning adventure spot where we fuel up on a snack (brought from home), and read stories related to the weekly single-skill. 
10:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Nature Immersion / Child-Led Play
Perhaps the most important of all, our child-led time spent in nature will look different each day. We set up our classroom with loose parts related to the weekly single-skill, and children get the opportunity to explore and relate with nature on their own terms and to have uninterrupted child-led play in nature. The possibilities are purposefully endless.
12:00-12:30 p.m.

Children will have the opportunity for an unhurried lunch (brought from home) and time to talk and tell stories with friends.
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Quiet Reflection & Independent Play
An independent rest spot gives children a chance to rest their minds, still their bodies, and recharge for the afternoon. Depending on the weekly single-skill, children are offered sensory materials, art materials, books, or other independent play options. 
1:45-3:15 p.m.

Nature Immersion / Child-Led Play
After quiet time, we use the potty and then transition to our afternoon adventure spot. Our teachers start with a short guided activity related to the single-skill, then transition into child-led play in which the teachers act as guides, letting children lead the process. Social-emotional learning, imagination, creativity, and wonder take the reins, and the possibilities are purposefully endless.
3:15-3:30 p.m.

Closing Circle
We sing songs to reflect on the day’s highlights and to say goodbye to the nature surrounding us, and to our friends. 
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Pickup and Play at Landing Pads
Children have the opportunity to revisit our landing pads: swing in the hammock, dig in the construction zone, create in the mud kitchen, or splash in the water table. We rejoin our families with lots of stories to tell about our days’ adventures.