We are Tallahassee’s first forest school. We believe that children, especially those between the ages of 3 and 5, learn best through direct experience with the natural world. We give children the time and space to do their work which is PLAY! In return, nature will work on your children physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Our curriculum is child-led and hands on. Children will explore, take risks, build, make observations….and along the way they will build strong relationships which each other and the earth, develop a passion for learning and gain skills necessary to get them ready for the years of schooling ahead of them.
Unstructured play for long, uninterrupted periods of time
Safe environment which welcomes appropriate risk-taking
Seasonally based, thematic learning units
Reflective opportunities for children and teachers to inspire wonder and awe
Communal emphasis with respect and compassion for all earth’s inhabitants at the center
All weather immersion
Sensorial, exploratory learning
Child-directed, play-based environment
Knowledgeable staff in the areas of child development, naturalist studies, and wellness
Low student to teacher ratio
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. Gabrielle is also a certified forest school teacher and preschool director.
Sadie has been living in Tallahassee for 6 years and has fallen in love with all this community has to offer. She has been advocating for and working with children with a variety of abilities for 14 years. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Exceptional Student Education and is passionate about listening to and following the lead of children while being a safe, encouraging, and supportive guide. She feels she is at her very best when communing with nature with her family. Sadie also enjoys cross stitching, reading, researching Twice Exceptional children, beekeeping, and spending long days on the family farm. Sadie is also a certified forest school teacher.
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