Our mission is to protect and foster the child’s innate sense of wonder. Every aspect of Shining Cedars Nature Circle has been designed with children in mind; the beautiful forested area, the small group, the hand-made open ended toys, the open-ended play structures, the gentle but regular routine – all work in symphony to provide an inspiring and supportive place for children to thrive – creatively, emotionally, and intellectually. We work and play together more as a community of friends then a school environment; however still learning and growing to prepare the children to be happy, healthy, well-rounded and truly holistic adults.
Our childhood philosophy is based on the conviction that children learn through self-direction, flow learning, play and imitation rather than through instruction. Each child’s innate capacity for wonder, reverence and awe is valued and nurtured in a carefully planned program and environment. The emphasis on nature, flow learning and natural toys differs from a traditional classroom and the "teacher" serves as more of a mentor than one who gives instructions.
Home Learners: Our circle is approved for Distance Learning funds!
Shining Cedars (2017/18)...
Runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: September 12th-June 14 (Winter Break: December 19th-January 11th; Spring Break: March 27th-29th). Some families may choose to be with us only on Tuesdays and Thursdays with fee adjustable.
Our circle hours are 10am-2:30pm (promptness helps with the rhythm of our program)
Is a child drop-off program and is best for children ages 4 and up (as the children get older the program grows with everyone)
Helps to build rhythm for the children and gives them a natural space to play and wonder
Tina has been working with children for over sixteen years, is a B.C. certified teacher and has her Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certificate from Cedarsong Nature School. She is passionate about best practices for fostering a child's true potential and continues learning from amazing mentors such as Erin Kenny, Rudolf Steiner, David Marshak, Ba Luvmour, and many others. She is a mother to a daughter who is on a life learning journey. She also has her certificate in Anthroposophy, which is the cornerstone of the Waldorf philosophy. She has taken outdoor education workshops, including Coyote Mentoring with Soaring Eagle Nature School, which fosters the belief that the child finds her true self through her interaction with nature. Tina also volunteers for the SSI Conservancy, allowing children to develop personal connections, a sense of ownership and a personal sense of stewardship for their local environment. Teaching, learning about and mentoring children is her lifelong passion and she continues to teach around the island. She is also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and loves to craft and create beautiful things.
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