Our School

We welcome you to discover a unique learning opportunity for children located in Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Preschool Program:

Our preschool & kindergarten emulates life at home. It is part kitchen and part playroom. Circle time, indoor and outdoor play, baking, handcrafts, and painting all allow for natural learning to occur.

Play outdoors is a key component of the Forest Kindergarten. It promotes well-rounded development by engaging the children emotionally, mentally, & physically.  Singing, forest-walks, and seasonal activities that include gardening, harvesting, sledding, maple sap harvesting, and working with wool engage the children in the seasonal rhythms that make the passing of the year so special in our climate.

DETAILS: The program runs Monday to Wednesday from 9am to 1pm.  Full tuition is $2400 for the full year (3-day program) plus $100 material contribution for the year.  For children attending only one or two days per week, the cost is $25 per day.  The tuition can be paid monthly or per term.

Preschool & Kindergarten registration begins April 7th.  A visit to the school can be arranged by appointment to meet our main teaching staff and ask questions.  Space is limited to 8 children, so early registration is encouraged.

Our 2016 -2017 program will start September 12th and run until May 24, 2017.

REGISTRATION FOR PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN :

Grades Program:

The curriculum offers subject matter specifically suited to the faculties which the child is developing at a given age. The main lessons, including language arts, science, math, history and geography, are taught  imaginatively and artistically in blocks of 3 – 5 weeks during morning lesson hours, when children are freshest for academic work.

Full tuition is $3600* for the school year plus an annual $200 materials contribution to be paid at the time of registration.  This goes towards the main lesson books, quality water colour painting supplies, quality colour pencils and beeswax crayons and modelling wax and clay.  We also use a variety of art materials throughout the year. Tuition is paid monthly or annually.  *Sibling discounts are available for families.

The 2017-2018 school year will run from September 11th, 2017 to June 21st, 2018: Monday to Thursday.

GRADES REGISTRATION HERE:  2016-grades-registration-form

Junior Elementary Program (ages 5 to 7)

The Junior Elementary Class offers a gentle educational program for children ages 5.5 to 7.  We follow a Waldorf and Enki inspired curriculum that includes a wonderful mix of art and music, play & movement-based learning as well as excellent academics. We also go outside every day as an integral part of our daily rhythm.  Our class size is limited to 8 students, ensuring quality and focused attention for each child.

Read more about our head, heart and hands approach to education below.  Also for more information about the Junior Elementary program or to arrange a visit, contact our lead teacher Jaime Dehnke by email or call the school at 506-375-6400.

Senior Elementary Grades & Middle School Program

The Senior Elementary offers an enriched upper elementary program for those children who already have a solid foundation of reading, language arts and mathematics and are ready to delve deeper into their learning journey.  Our class size will be no more than 15 students, ensuring quality and focused attention for each child. We follow a Waldorf and Enki inspired curriculum that includes a wonderful mix of art and music as well as excellent academics.

As the children enter into the middle school years, our program meets their developmental changes with more independent learning and major group projects that give greater autonomy as well as greater responsibility for outcomes.  Each year this class takes on a leadership activity within either the school or local community where the children can dream, design and build a project from the ground up.

For more information about the Senior Elementary Program or to arrange a visit with the lead teacher, please contact Jo-Anne Longtin by email or by calling 506-375-6400.

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Curriculum Goals:

At the Art & Nature School we offer opportunities for children to explore and learn in ways that engage their whole being and cultivates independent thinking and creative problem-solving.  We use a combination of Waldorf and Enki Inspired Curriculum that nurtures the head, heart and hands of the children.

The HEAD
Thinking and Knowledge

The Art & Nature School fosters high academic standards. The emphasis is not on what to think but on how to think. It embraces complexity  through simple acts. To be truly prepared for the future, it will not only be necessary to discover unknown answers to a given problem, it will be necessary to define the problem, ask the right questions, and envision many different solutions.

The HEART
Feelings and Motivation

Our education touches the hearts of the children in order to help them care about their fellow human beings, to reassure them that there is beauty and goodness in this world, and show them that they play a role in preserving it. Artistic activities (painting, drawing, drama, music, and handicrafts) are part of the school experience each day.  They foster a heartfelt connection between the student and the subject and make education more meaningful and memorable.

The HANDS
Purposeful Activity

Our curriculum instills confidence and fosters self-esteem in order to find a meaningful path in a complex and confusing world where self-determination and strong character are needed.  Handwork includes knitting, woodworking, sewing, gardening, cooking and general care of their school environment.  All of these meaningful tasks help to create responsible free individuals who can ultimately contribute to the vitality of their families and communities.

Spirituality

Our school families come from various religious and cultural backgrounds. The curriculum is not based on a particular religious doctrine. Rather, it is based on the belief that there is a spiritual dimension to each human being that also requires nurturing.

Affordability

The Knowlesville Art & Nature School is run primarily on the volunteer spirit of our team.  Our head teachers are qualified teachers who are offering their teaching abilities at below market salaries because they are passionate about making a rural school in a natural setting a reality.  Our specialty teachers come from the local community and include artists, yoga instructors, carpenters and language & culture specialists who very generously give their time and add richness to the classroom on a regular basis.  All this has made it possible to work with families to make tuition affordable for families of diverse economic realities.