SPROUTS: A FARM AND FOREST KINDERGARTEN
Organized by: Grow Bloom and Thrive LLC
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein
Thank you for supporting children, families and communities and investing in a promising future for us all by contributing what you can and spreading the word!
Join us in our mission to make high-quality, outdoor, play-based early childhood programs an affordable option for all young families and communities in Massachusetts and beyond.
Our vision reaches beyond providing a high-quality nature-immersive learning environment for young children.
We are committed to building community - a 'village' for young families - where a parent can once again feel comfortable trusting their own instincts, and their child's instincts, and have a trusted community with which to share, struggle and grow as parents and as a family.
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Grow, Bloom and Thrive is a limited liability company - a partnership dedicated to providing exceptional programs for families with young children and a living wage for those committed to being the change we all wish to see.
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SPROUTS: A Farm and Forest Kindergarten is the first of many nature-immersive, farm and forest-based kindergarten programs for children 3-6 years old. Sprouts is an early-childhood program at Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, in Millis, MA.
The program is modeled after the popular Waldkindergartens, Forest Kindergartens, in Germany and Scandinavia where teachers and children are outdoors in all types weather, throughout the year. Similar programs are growing rapidly in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and here in the US.
Our unique farm and forest model combines the developmental benefits of unstructured, child-led play in the forest with the invaluable experience of seeing where food comes from, picking and eating vegetables and fruits, caring for animals and respecting the land that feeds us.
Every day begins and ends with a rhythm and routine providing opportunities for the children to connect with each other, their teachers, and the natural rhythms of the day and the seasons. The days are primarily filled, however, with the opportunity to play - to explore and experience all that the farm and forest have to offer.
Visit us at www.growbloomandthrive.com for more information about Grow, Bloom and Thrive and SPROUTS: A Farm and Forest Kindergarten @ Tangerini's Spring Street Farm
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Why we so passionate about this back-to-nature early-childhood revolution -
RESEARCH AND OUTCOMES:
A growing body of research is finding a remarkable range of positive impacts from frequent, unstructured play in rich, diverse, natural settings that cover the entire realm of holistic child development: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, creative and spiritual.
Study after study is showing that TIME IN NATURE IS ESSENTIAL FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS' PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH, resulting in improved focus/concentration - balance - coordination - strength - auditory discrimination (foundation of reading and writing) - fine and gross motor development - decreased stress and anxiety - impulse control - emotional intelligence and overall hardy and healthy kids
Research is also showing that FREQUENT UNSTRUCTURED OUTDOOR PLAY SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE 'SOFT SKILLS' EMPLOYERS ARE NOW SAYING MANY COLLEGE GRADS ARE LACKING -- self-awareness - resilience - compassion/empathy - decision making skills - persistence - creativity/imagination/problem solving - cooperation/collaboration - conflict resolution --
... and that children who grow up learning and growing in and with the natural world ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO APPRECIATE AND TAKE CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT as they grow into adulthood.
This is why we are passionate about providing farm and forest kindergarten as an essential option for early childhood in all communities.