Chavitos! Nature School
Nature Inspired, Spanish Immersed
Ages 2-5 and Grades K-3

Nature Inspired, Spanish Immersed
Ages 2-5
Grades K-3

Elementary Program - Kindergarten to Third 

Currently Full

Join our teachers  Jose and Meag in the forest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays during the months of April-August. During the months of September-March the teachers are Orchid and Brian. The program is strongly flow-based, nature immersion program with a focus on social connections between peers.  In the Fall and Winter Brian does instruction in Spanish.  During Spring and Summer Jose instructs in Spanish. We introduce nature education by studying the animals and plants of the Northwest. We use the Coyote's Guide by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Even McGown as our curriculum and in the past have taught the students animals sense games and the different languages of birds. After a short opening lesson  students have unstructured forest time.  During this forest time the students are given opportunities to learn ancestral skills.  A few skills we teach are how to whittle, weave grass baskets, felt, and start fires, nature dyes, medicine salve making, cob and many others. Depending on the energy and needs of the kids we end with a forest game that will build their sense and awareness of northwest animals and plants. This is a great supplemental program for homeschool communities and also public school students. 

In addition a focus is on Spanish language taught through immersion and songs.  Brian and Jose will be instructing only in Spanish.

Teachers are comfortable with the grade-level common core standards and will be using this to guide their interactions with the students. The learning will be nature and exploration based. For example, adding pinecones, using non-standard measurement when comparing length of leaves, writing letters and words in the sand, using scientific reasoning when comparing two different types of seed pods.
Teachers offer opportunities to participate in seasonal songs, journaling, graphing of weather, and hands on science exploration.

Contact us to arrange a tour today and see the magic for yourself!

Our Elementary is broken into three groups: The Knights, Scouts and Pixies. Here two of our pixies are collecting calendula to make a healing salve. 

During the summer we had an extended study of the magnificent  honey bee. We invited guests from Honey's Healthy Hive.  She brought examples of hives, bees and these incredible bee suits that we got to try out. 

This fall we are experimenting with making masa.  


Preschool Program Ages 2-5

MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:30-11:30

Currently Full

MONDAY and  FRIDAY 1:00-4:00

Currently Full

2019-2020 and Beyond!

Chavitos Nature School accepts applications throughout the year and places those applications in our Early Notification List folder. Each spring, after all currently-enrolled families get first choice of available spots for the following year, we hold our annual April Open House to give interested families a chance to see the school site, get their questions answered and meet our teachers. Only families on our Early Notification List are invited to the Open House.  If both your family and Chavitos teachers agree that your child is a good fit with the nature school, you will be required to sign the “Contract for Enrollment” and to pay a deposit to secure your child’s place in the following year’s class. Please wait to send the $50 application fee. This will be collected upon enrollment.  

A detailed fairy house created by a student. 

Team work of pushing and pulling a wagon full of eager riders. 

A great example of how we use nonstandard measurement in our nature explorations.