WE ARE AN INTIMATE, NATURE-BASED PRESCHOOL LOCATED IN AN HISTORIC HOME IN THE MT TABOR NEIGHBORHOOD OF PORTLAND, OREGON.
FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR FIDDLEHEADS IS OFFERING AN IN PERSON AND AN ONLINE PROGRAM, CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON EMOTIONAL WELLNESS AND ECOLOGICAL CONNECTION FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-6.
Early childhood is the most important time in life for building a strong sense of self, belonging, creativity, and connection to the natural world. At Fiddleheads, children lay the foundation for these life sustaining connections through outdoor play.
Nature study, immersion into seasonal rhythms, and interpersonal relations are the core tenets of our program. We believe in encouraging children to explore freely while focusing on mindfulness, awareness, observation, and empathy. Our philosophy is built around connection to both the natural and human worlds.
We weave early literacy and number sense into our program, and prepare children to move with confidence and grace on the next steps in their academic journey.
Why nature based? The years of early childhood are the most formative of any person’s life. Children are undergoing crucial brain and personality development every moment of every day. Research at some of the most successful school systems on the planet (particularly in Scandanavia and Northern Europe) has shown that early childhood education that addresses the whole self is the most effective in a play-based, nature-based setting.
Young children are forming an understanding of themselves in the world. Exploring socialization on their own terms in a natural environment, children come to understand their place in the world through each other as well as the other species that surround us. Exposing them to nature on a daily basis helps to expand their sense of self, sense of purpose, and sense of community.
Our goal at Fiddleheads is to endow your child with the gift of deep appreciation, understanding, and gratitude for the natural world. Through this process, they will also gain a life-long advantage in problem-solving, patience and confidence. These gifts, we believe, are invaluable.
What parents say:
"I can't say enough good things. This is preschool as it should be. Every kid should be so lucky."
- Stephanie Smith