Homeschool Forest School Program

Forest School for Ages 5-12

For the Forest School Year, September-June, families choose to register their homeschoolers, ages 5-12, for one or two weekly options: the 3 Day Program, Monday-Wednesday, or the 1 Day Program on Thursdays, 9am-3pm for all days.

Ages 5-12
3-Day Option
September-June
Monday-Wednesday
9am-3pm
Dade – Greynolds Park
Broward – Bonnet House
Choose ONE or MORE Option
Ages 5-12
1-Day Option
September-June
Thursdays Only
9am-3pm
Dade – Greynolds Park
Broward – Bonnet House
Choose ONE or MORE Option

Take Root Forest School, as a homeschool learning community, uses an ALL-OUTDOOR, PLACE-BASED approach to learning – focusing on exploration, play and discovery. Using holistic methodologies, the teachers and guides combine language arts, cultural studies and history, science and mathematics, place-based ecology and stewardship with a forest school approach based on the rhythm of the seasons, sensory awareness and the students’ discoveries in the forest. Students enroll with us to enrich their homeschooling journey. This model allows for development of the whole child…Head (through transformative experience and reflection), Heart (through relating) & Hands (through engagement).

Take Root Forest School is a homeschool learning community, an education enrichment program and does not act as a “school” – private school or umbrella school. Just before age 6, all children must be registered in a learning program, either as a homeschooler with the county or the state using the PEP/Step Up program, or with an umbrella school. As homeschooling families, each family is responsible for their own record keeping and directing the education of their children. If enrolled with the Homeschool Forest School Program, each family can expect to meet with your child’s guide/teacher at least twice a year, while also receiving regular updates on the activities/projects/lessons happening during Forest School throughout the year. At the end of the year, any lesson books, nature journals and field guides will be sent home to the family. Each guide/teacher makes observations of their students on a regular basis and shares them with the directors and families. Each group’s curriculum is unique and emerges from the children, their interests and their experiences. Take Root Forest School follows the rhythms of the seasons and integrates what is happening that day, in that place into the daily flow. The seasonal, place-based program takes into consideration child development, state and national standards and methodologies from various holistic pedagogies like Forest School, Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio Emilia. Take Root Forest School may provide support, guidance and resources, but does not offer umbrella school or evaluation services. The Take Root team works alongside the families to provide a network of communication.