Our School

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

Forest Preschool Program: (ages 3 to 5)

Our preschool 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 Preschool 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.   A 16-foot yurt is our retreat for quiet play & resting as needed.  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 forest preschooler.  A place where the natural world is home-base and we make and grow things with our hands.

DETAILS: The 2017-18 program will run Tuesdays and Thursday from 9am to 1:30pm.  Full tuition is $1500 for the full year (2-day program) plus $100 material contribution for the year.  For children attending only one or two days per week, the cost is $30 per day.  The tuition can be paid monthly or per term.

Preschool & Kindergarten enrollment begins July 24th and closes August 4th, 2017.  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 2017 -2018 program starts September 12th and runs until May 31st, 2018.

 PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION FORMS: 2017-preschool-registration-form

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 14th, 2018: Monday to Thursday.

GRADES REGISTRATION HERE: 2017-grades-registration-form

Junior Elementary Program (ages 6 to 8)

The Junior Elementary Class offers a gentle educational program for children ages 5.5 to 8.  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 Tegan Wong-Daugherty by email or call the school at 506-375-6400.

Senior Elementary Grades & Middle School Program (ages 9-12)

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 Colin Brewer by email or by calling 506-375-6400.

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.