Blessing Farm & Forest
We are a Waldorf-Inspired, Permaculture, Nature – Immersed, Early Childhood Program for 2 1/2 – 6 year olds in the lower South Hill of Spokane, Washington.
Enrollment is full for the current 2022 – 2023 school year. Enrollment for the 2023 – 2024 school year will be open on February 13th! Contact us now to join a tour!
Through spending time with the animals on our urban farm, children develop a sense of empathy, responsibility and compassion.
Children use all of their senses while exploring and playing freely in the farm play-yard and in nature. They are encouraged to follow their natural curiosity which leads to organic discoveries and authentic learning.
We understand, honor, and deeply value the importance of free play. During play, the children are gifted the time and space to explore the dynamics of relationships and develop social and emotional skills.
The first 7 years is the foundation of life. The health of the soil determines the strength of the plant and allows the blossom to unfold in all it’s radiance.
Of central importance here at Blessing Farm and Forest preschool is the time children spend moving around freely outside. Children need ample space and time to move their bodies, to test their limits and to take risks. This time is essential for children to fully integrate their senses. This practice and integration helps to lay the foundation for academic learning as well as to simply allow them to gain confidence and grace in movement.
In addition, we hold profound reverence and appreciation for Mother Nature and all of her wonders and mysteries. Through daily observation and interaction with all of the plants and animals that inhabit the farm and forest, the children naturally form a very personal and authentic relationship to the Mother Nature and her creatures. The teachers encourage this heart-based connection through nature stories, seasonal songs, finger plays and gentle guidance in gratitude and reverence.
We strive to give your children the nourishment they need for a strong, healthy foundation that will serve them for the rest of their life.
- Homemade Organic food
- Natural Materials
- Moving Parts Farm Play Yard
- Forest Exploration
- Caring for Animals
- Oral Story Telling
- Waldorf Puppet Stories
- Singing Throughout the Day
- Nature Crafts
- Spanish Practice
- Magic and Imagination!
Our Daily Rhythm
9:00 – 9:15 Drop off and Community Connection Time
9:15 – 9:20 Good Morning Circle with Families
9:20 – 10:30 Free Play, Seasonal Activities, Farm Yard Chores, Care for Animals, Seasonal Crafts, etc.
10:30 – 11:15 Clean up, Circle or Story and Snack
11:15 – 12:15 Forest Adventure or Plum Hollow Play
12:15 – 12:30 Game and Goodbye
What our happy families are saying
“I couldn’t recommend this program with more enthusiasm!“
“I loved that my child was free to be himself in a safe outdoor environment with teachers who cared for him as a whole person. My child built on his skills of climbing, balancing, jumping, as well as many other physical aspects but also he grew socially and worked on becoming more independent in solving problems with peers.I gained a wonderful community and learned wonderful new songs to sing with my children. ” Kalila Johnson
“Our home away from home”
Children are free to be children here. The time they spend outside, away from screens, away from desks, immersed in the teachings of nature, and of play, is priceless. I could not imagine a happier and more wholesome place for learning and developing skills.
“The best choice we ever made”
“I loved being part of a warm community, spending time with the animals, and coming together for morning circle time. I had a sense of peace knowing that our child was learning and growing in a loving caring place. My child learned a caring respect and compassion for nature and animals. His balance improved because of free play and he learned emotional and social skills. He gained an overall sense of freedom to learn and grow.” Melissa and Craig Cotter