When we remember our own childhood, what memories do we treasure most? Building a secret fort in the woods. Digging for ‘dinosaur bones’. Making up the rules for a game with a group of friends. When we look at the memories that have shaped our young lives, we find a common theme. They are the times that we had the freedom to create, explore and play. These experiences were formative and essential for our development as autonomous, creative, socially sophisticated human beings.
Rising Song Preschool is a Waldorf inspired Preschool nestled in a 1/2 acre of property that host a wonderful natural playscape with mandala gardens, easy climbable trees, an enormous sand box, and a young food forest, for children to recreate the environment around them through the use of various natural loose materials. It is a place for creative, collaborative, explorative and messy play, where children are given the freedom to shape their own world and the trust and space to develop their own risk assessment skills.
We invite children and young people to come visit our school and play freely in our beautiful playscape from 2-5pm, rain or shine. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well being of individuals and communities. Children determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons. We will have trained play facilitators to support them through their play time. Relatives are welcome to observe and learn from this process.
We are also honored to host Kelly Brown Hogan for an interactive presentation from 3-5pm. “Nature Connection in Urban Education: using permaculture principles and ethics to illuminate the benefits of outdoor play”.
Kelly Hogan is a co-founder and former preschool teacher of Mother Earth School, and now directs a K-12 program at the Portland Waldorf School called the LivingLAB. She has been training teachers in permaculture education for 7 years and is excited to share resources with other people passionate about outdoor education and healthy child development.
At 5pm get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with the Rock N Roll Fairy for an interactive and fun musical experience. She creates a container that feels inclusive for the whole family. She hopes to help children embody positive messages about themselves and the world around them by singing songs about peace, gratitude, empathy and reverence for the Earth. Tye-dye and fairy flare are highly encouraged! Feel free to bring any percussion instrument for the final drum circle!
There will be healthy treats and snacks for sale on site. Suggested donations of $5-15. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Schedule: 2pm to 6pm
3-5pm Nature Connection in Urban Education Presentation
5-6pm Rock n' Roll Fairy Performance and Drum Circle