At Magnolia our number one goal is to foster the use of knowledge that is contextualized into the daily, lived, lives of our students. We are extremely good at guiding children into sophisticated ways of solving problems and thinking creatively, and we believe that anything else a child might need in life can be accessed through critical thinking (i.e. contextualized knowledge).
The forest is where we do most of our playing, learning, loving, laughing, and crying. The children are encouraged to use what they find in creative and imaginative ways. Having the freedom to use any of the materials how they want sets the stage for both dramatic and physical play. And as both leading minds in child development Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky assert, play is the tool a child uses to develop socially and cognitively.
Our curriculum can really be summed up with one tiny but grand word: Play. We believe that play for the young child integrates every discipline in a creative and fluid way. Language arts, science, math, music, history, social awareness, and self-exploration are only a few of the areas touched upon by a child at play.
We consider the development of our children a co-construction between the teachers, peers, and child, where they can be found hard at work shaping each other’s understanding of our world. Magnolia is a place where deep friendships are wrought, where masters and apprentices go about the serious but joyful business of living life.
We have attempted to create a place where the children are jointly in charge of the activities, arrangement, and use of the forest as their space - a place uniquely their own, where they are in charge of their day.
Our goal is the fostering of problem-solving skills, risk-taking, thinking, creating, having wonderful ideas and pursuing those ideas to their fullest.
At Magnolia the child’s desires and needs are paramount, but the teacher’s role is not simply a supporting one. It is an active and guiding role, like a master craftsman in an apprenticeship relationship. Our goal at Magnolia is to be co-constructing the learning that guides and supports the work in progress that is your children’s cognitive development. We learn together, side by side, with our hands and our hearts.
"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression."
— Mr. Rogers
"Our daughter has flourished at Magnolia School. We can’t think of a better place for her to learn the value of treasuring her creativity and imagination, to discover her independence and confidence, and to develop in her ability to connect and build relationships. That she loves her teachers, and can’t wait for her school days because they’re so much fun, is icing on the cake.”
— NN & AN
"My son was one of Brandyn's first students; I can't begin to describe the profound impact she has had on his developmental growth. A once shy child who preferred a seat on the sidelines is now engaging in group activities and has created meaningful relationships with his peers."
"It was with open arms that Jenny opened her class to my two-year-old daughter; expressing the importance of mixed aged cohorts and explaining she would be an asset to the program. My daughter is thriving and absolutely in love with her teachers and friends at Magnolia Preschool."
"I cannot say enough good things about what Magnolia has meant to my son and how richly it has enhanced his learning and development! Getting to encounter various forms of art and engaging in their expression has boosted his creativity and has connected deeply with his heart."
Forest school can be the perfect fit for so many children because it is uniquely tailored to support their strengths and interests. We look forward to connecting with you and your child further. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and hope to see you in the forest soon!