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Cottage Forest School is a private K-8 Christian school with a home-like atmosphere that features a nature-based, holistic approach to learning, emphasizing academics and critical thinking as well as nature, Scripture, and character development. Regular time in nature each day is an essential aspect of the curriculum, drawing from the European Forest School movement, current educational research about learning and the effect of nature on the human brain, and biblical principles of educational philosophy.

Mission Statement:

To develop the whole child—mentally, physically, and spiritually, and to promote the development of character. To cultivate a sense of wonder and awe through time and experiences in nature, thereby developing a love and appreciation for the Creator God of nature.

The Teacher:

A lifelong educator with a passion for nature education, Melissa Morgan has taught in several educational settings, including traditional teaching, homeschooling, teaching overseas, at the university level, and currently as a forest school educator. She holds a B.A. in education, an M.A. in teaching, a certificate in TESOL instruction, a certificate in forest kindergarten instruction, and is a part-time academic editor. Melissa has also enjoyed creative endeavors such as running her own natural fiber clothing business. She also lived many years in the mountain wilderness next door to Glacier National Park where she learned to love and appreciate nature and its value on education. She and her husband have traveled extensively worldwide, enabling her to bring a broad perspective of life to her teaching. In addition to travel, she also enjoys gardening, reading, sewing, cooking, and hiking.

Forest School Curriculum:

• Hands-on inquiry-based learning
• Learning naturally outdoors
• Interdisciplinary learning with writing, math, science, history, and a focus on art in nature
• Classes facilitated by professional naturalist/educators
• Opportunities to work collaboratively to create, problem solve, support one another, dream of a bigger and better world
Nature Journals: Each student will record in their journals what they learn with drawings, data collections, creative and expository writing, personal reflections, and questions to research.