Our early childhood programs take place at Tryon Life Community Farm in SW Portland (for directions to TLC Farm, click here), a magical 7-acre permaculture farm nestled against 700 acres of state forest only 10 minutes from downtown.
Kindergarten for 4-6 year olds, meets 4 days each week, Tuesday - Friday, at TLC Farm from 9:30am - 1:30pm
The preschool and kindergarten are welcomed each day with seasonal activities and a warm snack cooked over the fire. Circle time, gardening, gathering tea leaves, forest walks, free play and visiting the farm animals fill the children's morning with enchantment as they journey across the land. A picnic lunch and story time in the warming hut end the day with a cozy sense of togetherness. Our early childhood programs lay the foundation for academic learning through movement and games designed to support healthy brain and sensory development.
Both of our locations include organic gardens surrounded by woodland, farm animals, outdoor kitchens, compost toilet facilities, running water, covered eating areas, and yurt classrooms. Our lead teachers are Waldorf-trained and each child is honored as a unique being with special gifts to offer the world.
In these inspiring farm and forest settings, children blossom as they learn naturally from real life processes. The children help with the farm chores such as gardening, food preparation and animal care. Learning emerges from forest exploration, wildcrafting and handwork projects, teaching sustainable practices with a focus on caring, compassion and connection. Being outdoors provides a wide range of opportunities for physical exploration, inspiration and creativity. The seasonal cycles are honored through storytelling, puppetry, songs and verses as well as by celebrating festivals throughout the year. As children develop a personal relationship with the natural world, learning is meaningful and a sense of reverence for the Earth and all life is cultivated.