Focus Areas

Program Definitions

Nature-Based

These programs are full nature-based outdoor programs. The Clubhouse Farm and the Treehouse Forest Preschool offer a complete nature environment. Being outside is essential to discovery. Nature provides children the chance to be part of their environment, to see things change, grow and evolve. Nature provides many inherent opportunities to observe and see their impact on the world around them. We want children to observe the world around them and be thoughtful, not just be told what to look for.

Clubhouse
Farm

Nature-Based
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Treehouse Forest
Preschool

Nature-Based
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Hybrid

This program type would be a combination of a traditional program, with added benefit of a nature-based outdoor program component. These programs would be in one of our traditional settings, with regular access to our nature-based outdoor programs. Early Years Programs access Clubhouse Farm and Treehouse Forest Preschool bi-weekly. School Age Programs access the nature-based programs during Spring Break and Summer Programs.

Clubhouse
at Sutherland

Traditional and Hybrid
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Clubhouse
at Cottonwoods

Hybrid
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Clubhouse
at Ellison

Hybrid
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Traditional

This program type would be any of our preschool, daycare or school age programs. These programs would be the downtown locations, operating out of a school building setting, with access to regular school playgrounds. All Clubhouse children are provided space in a natural environment to explore, and time to make independent choices with limited disruptions, and independent play with wholesome choices.

Clubhouse
at Sutherland

Traditional and Hybrid
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Clubhouse
at Casorso

Traditional
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Clubhouse
at Raymer

Traditional
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Theories of Care

Time

Play, exploration, and self-discovery require time. Children need the opportunity to try things, start activities and then return to them so they can learn what they like, what excites them and develop experiences only gained from observation of a whole process. This is the value of time.

Space

Space gives children the physical room to engage and disengage from activities and each other so they can learn to self-regulate and build resilience to others and their environment.

Wholesome

Wholesome is all about healthy, quality, intentional options. When children are given quality options they learn to differentiate between what is good and what is best; what makes them feel good and alive, or just average. Simply exposing a child to wholesome options will help them observe the differences and naturally learn the role they have to play in choosing for themselves.

Choices

In addition to nature, we like to offer children intentional domains to learn about: cooking, gardening, building, and leading. We develop stations, lessons, and themed play around each of these areas so children have variety and meaning in their day. Choices create a sense of preference and offer inspiration which we can then nurture and celebrate.

Natural Environment

Natural Environment - Being outside is essential to discovery. Nature provides children the chance to be a part of their environment, to see things change and grow and evolve. Nature provides many inherent opportunities to observe and see their impact on the world around them. We want children to observe the world around them and be thoughtful, not just be told what to look for.

Participate in the Process

Participate in the Process - For children to become self-reliant they need to feel capable. Opportunities to participate in everyday processes and activities builds connection and confidence to learn and apply. Participating in the process also teaches children to recognize opportunities to contribute to the world around them.