Heart Centered Multiage
Nature Preschool 
At Heart Centered Multi-Age


Spring is a time for new beginnings, and Heart Centered Multi-Age is delighted to announce their newest offering, a Nature Preschool, for the fall of 2016.  Through community interest and need, a partnership with the Slim Baker Foundation for Outdoor Education, Inc has been formed to provide Newfound children an opportunity to experience the very best in Nature Education.

Our Board of Directors has been busy doing the exciting work of preparing for opening day and now it is time to collect registration paperwork!  If you have not submitted your paperwork, now is the time to do it.  Please find links to all necessary documents.  The deadline for registration in June 1st.  Please accompany your paperwork with your $200 deposit.


If you would prefer a printed copy, please email Teacher Jen at heartcenteredmultiage@hotmail.com for a registration packet.



 
Nature Preschool
 
The Nature Preschool at Heart Centered Multi-Age is a child-centered outdoor preschool program held in partnership with the Slim Baker Foundation for Outdoor Education, Inc.   The Nature Preschool is a unique program for 3 year old learners that focuses on the whole child through nature exploration with an emphasis on play, art, music and early academics. Located in the Newfound Region, our school gives children the opportunity to learn and thrive through a connected approach to the natural world and the local community. Through awareness and observation, children will become mindful of the interconnections of all living things, leading to strong environmental literacy, and a love of nature.

Our Philosophy
 
At Heart Centered Multi-Age, we believe that children are born naturalists with an innate curiosity to learn. We believe in the education of the whole child, cognitively, physically, socially and spiritually where learning is fun and exciting. Our youngest learners will thrive on hands-on, nature based activities that foster their early educational experience in the outdoors and beyond.  
 
Cognitively - Children in the Nature Preschool develop cognitive skills such as literacy and numeracy, and a willingness to apply themselves in problem solving.
 
Physically - Children in the Nature Preschool develop physical competence through fine and gross motor play and building with one's own hands.
 
Socially, - Children in the Nature Preschool develop a sense of empathy, reciprocity and love of family, friends and others.
 
Spiritually - Children in the Nature Preschool develop a spiritual sense of unity between self and the natural world and all its creatures. *(Sobel 2015, 85) 

Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:30

Early morning drop off at HCMA's main location.

8:30 - 9:00

Children at HCMA prepare to leave for Slim Baker Lodge.

9:00 -11:00

Morning circle, introduction to the day,
learning stations in the outdoor classroom,
Snack
Small and large group investigations of weekly themes.

11:00 - 11:15

Transition inside

11:15 -12:15

Indoor work time

12:15 - 12:45

Lunch


12:45 - 1:00

Prepare to return to HCMA for pick up

Hours and Pricing
  Welton
Tuesday and Thursday  9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Early drop off available at HCMA's main location at 12 Central Square, Bristol, NH.

Tuition - $2,400. 
Enrollment Fee - $200  
Meet our Teachers
Kasia Beznoska Kasia Beznoska was born and raised in New Hampshire. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology. She continued her education in Early Childhood Education, and later taught as an Assistant Teacher at Red Oak Montessori Preschool. Kasia became a Certified ChildLight Yoga Teacher in 2010, and is now the owner of Growing With Yoga, teaching yoga to children ages 18 months through 16 years old. She is also the director of a non-profit organization called LKPY (loving-kindness peaceful youth). Kasia has taught yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops and camps to children in NH, MA, and VT.  


Jenne Walker graduated from North Country Community College in 1999 with an Associate's of Science in Wilderness Recreation Leadership. After graduation she started working for the USDA Forest Service on the White Mountain National Forest in many seasonal roles including Wilderness Ranger, Visitor Interpretive Services, and Youth Conservation Coordinator over a span of eight years. While working for the Forest Service, Jenne finished her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Conservation Education.

Since 2008, Jenne has worked for the Squam Lakes Association as their Director of Education, creating a variety of educational programs for youth and adults spanning watershed and environmental related topics. Jenne lives on the Walker Farm in Alexandria, NH with her husband and two children. As an avid outdoors person, Jenne believes in the careful use of nature and passing on to her children and those around her, a desire to understand and live in harmony with the land.
Nature Preschool Board 
 
Krystal Alpers -  
Krystal is the Director of the Franklin Department of Parks and Recreation and  a dedicated parent that has an HCMA alumni and a child currently attending. She strongly supports a strong educational foundation, family engagement, and has a passion for outdoor recreational activities.

Dorcas GordonDorcas is a local attorney and
apart from her genuine interest in ensuring that quality educational and recreational opportunities exist in our community, Dorcas's connections to HCMA include her niece, Rosalyn, who is a former student, and  and her son, Henry, who will be attending HCMA in the Fall.
 
Jennifer MacDonald - In 2011 Jennifer opened Heart Centered Multi-Age an independent school for children ages 3 to 8 in Bristol, NH. Jennifer has led the school from its inception through a move into a larger space in 2014. Heart Centered Multi-Age has served over 50 Newfound families since its inception.

Deanna PellegrinoDeanna is a Registered Nurse, who has practiced in emergency room, trauma, and neonatal ICU in cities including Dallas,TX, Harlem and Brooklyn, NY. While in New York she took courses to become a metal-smith and began making jewelry. Returning to NH she opened a boutique selling artisan jewelry. Today she is an active supporter and involved parent at HCMA.

Jenne WalkerJenne Walker grew up in a family that enjoyed and cared for the land and the natural world. She started her early work in the natural resource field with the Student Conservation Association and the Mass. Audubon Society. Jenne completed an Associate of Science Degree in Wilderness Recreation Leadership and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Conservation Education. She spent over eight years working with the Forest Service on the White Mountain National Forest in a variety of seasonal roles including Wilderness Ranger, Youth Conservation Corps Coordinator and Visitor Information Services. Arts and crafts are also a passion of Jenne's, where many times she will make something from nothing and enjoys wandering fine arts museums. 
Enroll Today!
For more information, please visit our website or attend an Open House an Thursday, June 2nd at 6 PM.