FOREST PRESCHOOL

 
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PRESCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS

We are Louisville's first nature-based preschool and are excited to offer your 3- to 6-year-old a true forest school program!

By design, forest preschools keep a very low child-to-teacher ratio (5-to-1). This allows for plenty of coverage to confidently allow children the space they need to engage in exploratory play while ensuring safety, as well as ample teacher engagement. 

Class is held outside everyday, in all weather and all seasons, unless conditions are hazardous (e.g., severe storms or dangerous cold). We live by the forest school motto, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices.” Learning is at its best during varying weather conditions, as children are able to directly engage with the elements and seasons which offer endless opportunities for discovery. Not only is this kind of model good for learning, it also keeps kids healthier by building their immune systems and mitigating the spread of viruses through shared toys and artificial atmospheres. 

Our teachers are trained and experienced in the methodologies of forest school, preschool, and ecology. We invite you to come talk with them yourself! 


2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

The year is underway and we’re having a magical time out in our forest classroom! Please inquire directly if you would like to set up a tour and apply to join mid-year. We will try to accommodate new students while preserving the small class sizes that make our program so special.

2019-2020 SCHEDULE AND TUITION

  • 2-Days: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm  |  $310 per month

  • 3-Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm  |  $378 per month

  • 5-Days: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm  |  $499 per month

  • Extended Play Option: 3:30pm pickup, available at additional cost

  • First Day of School: August 15th  |  Last Day of School: May 29th

  • Breaks: Generally follows Oldham County School calendar (but with less breaks)

    **5% discount for paying tuition in full rather than monthly**

    **Scholarships available, inquire directly**

 

 

THRIVE NATURE CAMP

 
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NO SCREENS. ALL SMILES.

All the fun of Thrive Forest Preschool packed into 5 days! Woodland art, critter hikes, forest music, log crossing, puddle splashing, structure building, friend making fun! 

As with forest preschool, we follow a child-led, inquiry-based, exploratory play model. We work with what nature gives us (rain! snow! mud!) and embrace it all. Our motto is "Your child will come home dirty or your money back!" So far, no refunds have been issued ;)


THRIVE SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE AND PRICING

  • Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 12:30pm, including a healthy snack

  • Dates: June and July, exact weeks to be announced shortly

  • Cost: $165 per week (10% discount for multiple kids and sessions. Need-based scholarships available.)

Click the APPLY button below to request more info on dates and to reserve a spot for your little pollywog. 

 

THRIVE HIKES

 
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FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN (OR RAIN!)

Thrive Hikes are held one Saturday per month and are designed for parents to enjoy with their kids. Our foundation of exploratory play dovetails with a hike or activity guided by one of our teacher-naturalists. This is a great opportunity for current students or campers to show their parents how to Thrive, and for prospective families to get a sense for what Thrive Forest School is all about. 

Please click the APPLY button below to show your interest in our Saturday program and become added to our email list for the monthly hikes!