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TimberNook is an innovative, nature-based developmental program designed to foster creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors.
The TimberNook curriculum utilizes the pedagogy of play to promote deep and meaningful learning in students and supports development of the whole child. TimberNook settings and experiences are carefully analyzed for both their therapeutic and their educational value in order to provide students with the opportunity to utilize all of their senses, their mind, and their body to the fullest.
TimberNook provides students with the opportunity to engage in child-directed play during the school day. Research has shown that this type of play improves content retention, attentiveness in the classroom, and executive function skills, such as planning, initiation, and problem solving.
TimberNook experiences meet a range of developmental needs that are not typically part of a content-based curriculum. Students are encouraged to take age-appropriate risks, engage their senses, and challenge their body and mind in ways that sitting in a regular classroom cannot.
TimberNook provides educators with the tools to foster learning through play. The curriculum is intentionally designed to inspire creativity by provoking curiosity in students. Extended time, ample space, and natural loose parts are just a few key components used to support full immersion in deep and meaningful play with peers.
All throughout the TimberNook programming, students practice listening to others’ ideas, negotiating, compromising, collaborating, regulating emotions, and executing complex play schemes with classmates in nature.