Farm and Forest Cubs Program
Calleva’s newest spring and fall program for our youngest nature explorers combines ‘fun on the farm’ with the ‘Forest School’ philosophy. Originating in Scandinavia in the 1950s, The Forest School movement has become popular across Europe and the US over the past few years. It shares many of the founding beliefs of Calleva.
The core focus is one of embracing the outside environment to allow children to learn and grow as individuals. In doing so, they develop self-confidence, a sense of purpose and the opportunity to meet new challenges.
Our Farm and Forest program is a drop off program for 3yrs olds to Kindergarten age, designed to let children experience nature through play and foster their excitement in the natural world. When children are allowed to “just” play in nature, deep learning takes place in the areas of ecology, biology, botany, math, physics, literacy, language and engineering. In addition, our Farm & Forest Cubs ethos emphasizes social and emotional development, as well as cooperation, teamwork, kindness, compassion and empathy.
NEW Afternoon Forest & Art in Nature sessions:
Children will be encouraged to make their own natural ‘paints’ and ‘tools’ to make marks, to observe the natural world closely, bring treasures back in pockets and backpacks, and make art with, or inspired, by nature. There will be overlap with forest morning activities and plenty of opportunity for unstructured play in our wooded environment.
- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-11:30
- Begining the week of February 2nd
- Children must be toilet trained and bring their own snack.
- Children will spend all of their time outdoors, with the exception of extreme weather, therefore appropriate clothing and spare sets are essential.
COVID specific precautions:
We will take children’s temperature each morning. Any child (or staff member) with a temperate greater than 100 will not be able to attend.
Calleva staff will be reminding children to:
- Sanitize and wash hands frequently
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover cough and sneeze into the elbow.
Consistent with public guidelines – if your child or family member has symptoms of any illness then they may not attend Cubs sessions. Calleva employees will monitor their own health closely & stay at home if they are sick.
If you cancel within two weeks of the semester start date you are obligated to pay for your child(ren’s) spot in the semester.
In the case of cancellation on the part of Calleva or the client (including mandated closures due to Coronavirus), you will be offered a pro-rated refund minus 10% non-refundable registration fee per transaction, or you can choose to keep the pro-rated remaining amount with Calleva as credit towards a future program.
The non refundable portion of your tuition helps Calleva to cover admin and COVID cleaning protocols in addition to credit card processing fees.
- Ages: 3 yrs to Kindergarten age
- 5 to 1 Ratio
- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9am-11:20
- $240 for 6 sessions
- Calleva Farm: 19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, MD 20842
Typical FALL Session ‘Flow’ for mornings
**Will be adjusted for a shortened program in the Winter of 2021**
9 Arrival and welcome at ‘Cubs Cottage’. Gather together to talk about adventures ahead.
9.20 FARM* Simple farm chores such as feeding the animals, collecting eggs, weeding or picking vegetables in greenhouse. Visit bunnies, pigs, chickens, cows or horses.
10:15 ish FOREST* Short hike into the woods. Brief daily reminder about how we keep ourselves and each other safe.
10.30 Snack time & story or shares as a group.
10.45 ish Nature activity, exploration and open ended free play in the woods and stream!
11.45 Walk back up through woods to gather belongings and meet parents.
*Farm and Forest sessions are often reversed depending on interest of children on a particular day. Although we talk about the ‘flow’ of each session, our staff have no fixed agenda for the children to follow. Each morning we offer an optional daily nature project, such as; building elf houses, tree decorating, stone or stick sculptures, senses trail, finding & identifying creatures in stream, bird feeders, bridge building. However, the children’s play and interests guide their education. Children have a huge capacity for absorbing information and making connections – and in our experience, we have found that the more they are interested in something, the more knowledge they can take in and retain.