We are an nature preschool dedicated to helping children connect with nature and spend more time outdoors. We believe that children, especially those between the ages of 3 and 5, learn best through direct experience with the natural world. Our goal is to tap into their sense of wonder about nature while teaching basic environmental and natural science principles. We promote individual empowerment and group bonding. We teach respect for all living beings and how to minimize our impact on the earth. Children will explore, take risks, build, make observations….and along the way they will build strong relationships, develop a passion for learning and gain skills necessary to get them ready for the years of schooling ahead of them.
Our preschool takes a holistic approach that supports children mentally, emotionally, and physically. Children will have opportunities for hands-on experiences that are sure to help them develop confidence, self-esteem, and environmental stewardship.
Into the Woods Playschool is located on the property of Unity Eastside church. There are 24 acres of natural Florida landscape. There are three outdoor areas for us to explore. Behind the school is a fenced area with a sandbox, play equipment and children’s garden. There is a larger playground under a beautiful oak tree. The outdoor classroom in the woods includes a mud kitchen, a mound and lots of loose parts for creating and exploring. The property also includes pecan trees, blueberry bushes, a pear tree and lots of native plants. If you are lucky you may even see deer, turkeys, rabbits and many other bird species.
Gabrielle is the founder of Into the Woods Playschool. She is a Tallahassee native who loves to be outside exploring nature with her family. She has a BS in Environmental Science, a MAT in Teaching, and has over 15 years of experience working with children. She is an advocate of play and wants to help spread awareness that children learn best through play. She is passionate about education and feels every child deserves a childhood full of exploration and muddy toes.
Shawn is the preschool’s director with decades of experience caring for and nurturing young students. Her years of experience allow her to help children with varying needs meet the milestones that they have been struggling with. She works closely with parents to support the children in our program. Shawn enjoys baking, gardening, swimming, crafts, and trips to the beach. Her passion is motivating children to become independent and life-long learners.
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