ROOTS OF CONNECTION is an OUTDOOR MULTI-AGE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM at our Linden location.  The class spends each day exploring nature in Woodland Park and then returns to the Linden location for a hot lunch.  Roots of Connection is accepting enrollment for preschoolers ages 4-5 years of age.  Additionally, we are offering a homeschool enrichment program for learners ages 6-12.  

The Wren Watchers is a new homeschool enrichment class for ages 8 and up. Curriculum will include advanced Wilderness Survival Skills, Ecological Monitoring, and much much more! During our preview day, families are invited to join us for a sample of Roots of Connection programs. During this fun event, kids will be invited to join games and a brief nature adventure, and parents will be provided with information about the curriculum and educational philosophies of our school. This is a great chance to ask questions, meet teachers, and get to know Roots of Connection in depth.

Brooke Ahlegian, our lead teacher, has been involved in outdoor education for twelve years.  She is passionate about outdoor education as a form of integrated learning that has educational value to learners at any stage.  Brooke received her bachelor's degree from Evergreen state college in alternative education, and has instructed and directed for Wilderness Awareness School for six years.  She is the founder of Environmental Connection Outdoor School (ECOS).

Sensory experience is at the core of our curriculum.  Feeling, touching, tasting and listening are just some of the ways we connect to nature.

Sensory experience is at the core of our curriculum.  Feeling, touching, tasting and listening are just some of the ways we connect to nature.

Eating plants that we forage connects our students to where their food comes from.  Picking food right off the plant develops appreciation and understanding of plants that give us food.

Eating plants that we forage connects our students to where their food comes from.  Picking food right off the plant develops appreciation and understanding of plants that give us food.

Art is even more fun when you make your own supplies out of natural materials.  These paints were made from plants and herbs that we found and crushed.

Art is even more fun when you make your own supplies out of natural materials.  These paints were made from plants and herbs that we found and crushed.

In our rainy Seattle climate we make fires many days to keep warm.  Our students love to interact with fire in a safe way.

In our rainy Seattle climate we make fires many days to keep warm.  Our students love to interact with fire in a safe way.

IMAGINE the satisfaction of becoming aware and knowledgeable about nature. You could tell what season it is just by the smell in the air; be able to identify almost every native plant in the local forests, and tell which are medicinal or poisonous. What would it be like to know where you are only by the different sounds of the stream? Imagine being able to tell what animals have been around by their tracks, and what animals might be present by listening to the bird calls. Roots Of Connection is a program aimed at creating a deep bond between children and the natural world.

At Roots our daily routine includes a story, art projects, scientific study, and experiential play, all relating to a main theme of the day. This interdisciplinary technique allows the kids to explore a topic in depth while using a variety of mental, social, and physical skills. We have extensive original curriculum prepared, however we highly value remaining flexible to explore the students’ natural curiosities.

Read more about the benefits of outdoor learning here.

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