Our School

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

The following make up our 2020-2021 School Year Offerings:

Forest Kindergarten & Early Elementary Program: (ages 4 to 6)

Our early childhood program is about play; about being comfortable outdoors and being part of a living community of other children, adults and the natural world. Drawing inspiration from Enki, Waldorf and Nature Schools, the Knowlesville Forest Kindergarten engages the whole child – head, heart and hands.  We set up our play and learning spaces outdoors as much as possible during the fall and the spring under the canopy of the forest by the larger school building.  Through the woods, past the frog pond and out through the cedar grove, our meadow garden has veggies for harvesting and a wide-open field for movement games.  This is the realm of the young child.  A place where the natural world is home-base and we make and grow things with our hands.

DETAILS: We are offering a full 4-day nature immersion kindergarten program this year, Mondays to Thursdays from 9 – 2:30 pm starting September 8th, 2020.  Enrollment opens Monday, July 27 and space is limited to 8 children this year.  The fall session is full of outdoor exploration, harvest fun in the garden, apple picking & cider making, baking and art as always. The cost is $1400 per term or $2800 for the 2020-2021 school year (plus a one-time $50 materials fee due upon registration). * A 20% sibling discount will be applied automatically for any additional children from the same family.

The lead teacher for this class, Leah (Sparrow) Houghton, comes with an extensive Wilderness Education background (including 3 years at the Alderleaf Wilderness College) and a deep love and respect for children.  She is also taking the foundation courses for the Enki Education Teacher Training.

New to the School?  Tours of the school facilities can be arranged throughout the summer by emailing info@knowlesvillenature.ca.

 2020-2021 Forest-Kindergarten & Early Elementary Registration form: Word File | PDF – Print ready file

Enrichment Programs:

“Natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses – their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen.” – Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

Nature Immersion Enrichment is an outdoor program for children that builds connections with the natural world through exploration, play and artistic creations.

Wild Child Program (ages 3-7) 

For families wanting to participate in a forest school but not wanting to commit full time, we are offering spaces for children to join in this one-day-a-week nature immersion program.   Cost is $300/term.  2020 Fall Term runs from Sept. 10th to Dec 17th (FULL* Enrollment for the Fall term is currently closed), 2021 Winter Term runs from Feb 4th to April 1st (FULL* Enrollment for the Winter term is currently closed), & 2021 Spring Term runs from April 8th 2021 to June 3rd 2021 *OPEN* Enrollment for the Spring term is still open

Wild Child Enrichment 2020-2021 Registration Form: Word file |  PDF – Print-ready-file

Art & Nature Enrichment Fridays (ages 8+) Bi-weekly 9-3pm

Every other Friday we offer a diverse range of experiences to enrich your student’s education. Many of our days are spent in the woods, where students are given a chance to develop and deepen their connection with the natural world through
projects such as building and cooking over a fire, wood carving, and learning to use wild edible and medicinal plants. We also do handcrafts, play plenty of games, and go on field trips. Join us on Enrichment Fridays for a year of adventures! Cost is $200*/term – this includes 8 sessions starting Sept. 11th to Dec 17th, 2020. The Winter-Spring term runs Feb 7th-Jun 4th, 2021. * A 20% discount will be applied automatically for siblings, and for any current KAN School child

* A 20% discount will be applied automatically for siblings, and for any current KAN School child

Enrichment Friday 2020-2021 Registration Form: Word file | PDF -Print-ready-file

Parent-led Community School: (ages 7 to 13)

This is a homeschooling support program meant to provide a vibrant learning community for your family.  We are following a Global Cultures, Art-Intensive approach for our curriculum that draws primarily from Enki Education.  Parents are meeting through the summer to plan out the school year.  Participation in these planning sessions as well as sharing in the co-teaching is required.  This program is not run by the KAN Centre but by parents who collectively rent classroom space and coordinate their recess and lunches with the other programs offered concurrently.  Cost is approximately $700/year/child.  If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Tegan for more details. *FULL* Enrollment for new entries is currently closed. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

High School Supported Learning: (ages 13+)

This year, due to the world’s new realities, there have been requests to create spaces for high school students  The families involved in the parent-led Co-op have decided to make this happen, allowing ages 13+  to also benefit from a smaller community learning environment. Some high school students come to the KAN Centre while continuing to attend their regular schools on alternating days, and others are doing distance & self directed learning from our centre full time. The goal is still the same; to create a space where we can nurture connection and community. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Tegan. 

Read more about our head, heart and hands approach to education below.  Please contact us more information about any of our programs or to arrange a visit, by e-mailing info@knowlesvillenature.ca or call the school at 506-375-6400.

School-wide 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’s 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

We feel that all people have vitality, wisdom and compassion at their core.  We strive for a learning community that engages the hearts of the children to help uncover their own inherent capacity to care about themselves and their fellow human beings; to discover the wonder and inter-relationships in this world, and to experience many ways to engage and create.  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

The goal of education is to instill 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.

KAN School Vision:

The KAN provides a holistic nature-connected environment for ourselves and our children. We started in 2008 with a Forest Kindergarten, which has evolved to including a homeschool collective for children up to grade 8. Inspired by Waldorf & ENKI pedagogies, we strive to nurture through heart connection the inherent vitality and wisdom of our shared human journey.

* ENKI is an art-enriched global cultures program. The foundation of ENKI is the nurturing of the inherent vitality, wisdom and compassion which exists in every child. All programming offered through the Knowlesville Art and Nature School uses this foundation as a starting point  and guiding principle. We are excited to be pioneering this rich educational pedagogy in New Brunswick, Canada.