Mountain Sage Forest School
A homeschool enrichment program for children ages 5-9
Meant as a complement to your own homeschool curriculum, the Mountain Sage Forest School offers an on-site, nature-based experience two mornings a week. Starting in the 2024-25 school year, Mondays and Tuesdays will be for Kindergarten and 1st grade students and Wednesdays and Thursdays will be for 2nd and 3rd grade students. This change from Kindergarten only and Grades 1-3 is reflected in the descriptions below.
Please note: families may only be enrolled in one public homeschool enrichment program, each school year. Families cannot be concurrently enrolled in multiple schools. Click here to learn more about home school in Colorado on the Colorado Department of Education's website and click here to learn more about home school in Poudre School District.
Nature is a Living Teacher
The Mountain Sage Forest School is perfect for families who want to add something additional to their homeschool life with a rhythmic touchstone steeped in nature and cultivating community ties. When children are given time in nature with peers, they know just what to do and get busy right away. The younger students learn primarily through imitation, imagination, and play, and the older students work more deeply with content and games that require a greater level of maturity, coordination, and thinking.
Each class occurs twice a week and offers a rich and engaging experience for homeschooled students. Through days spent in nature, classes emphasize connection, creativity, self-awareness, and skill building. The lessons are seasonal, nature-based, and grounded in our Waldorf-inspired teaching philosophy, which gives a wonderful framework for strengthening imagination, creativity, social skills, a sense of self-confidence, and academic success.
Forest Homeschool Enrichment for Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Monday and Tuesday mornings 8:30 am-12 pm
Children of Kindergarten and 1st grade age are given the gift of free play in nature climbing, listening, building, resting, lifting, singing, estimating, laughing, measuring, making friends, and negotiating the roles and rules of their rich imaginative play. This program is perfect for families wanting a school experience for their child that is rooted in rhythm, nature, and community. With the teacher and assistant, the children walk together to play in the trees, on the bank of the river, along a trail, or in the nook of a quiet space.
Forest Homeschool Enrichment for Grades 2 & 3
Wednesday and Thursday mornings 8:30 am-12 pm
Children of 2nd and 3rd grade age experience the magic of outdoor education through hands-on activities, games, free play, and song. Students in our second and third grade Forest School class learn through Waldorf-inspired and environmental education based lessons, all outside in the beautiful natural areas surrounding the Mountain Sage campus.