Philosophy

At The Dragonfly Forest, we believe that nature plays a vital role in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of young children. We believe that children who spend time in nature are healthier, can think more clearly, have an easier time paying attention, and have the ability to cope more effectively with stress. Childhood experiences in nature help stimulate children’s curiosity and interest in the world around them, and help them grow intellectually in their desire to better understand the world and their place in it.

We believe that children’s interactions with the natural world allow for the development of a lifetime of skills. Nature serves as a living classroom for our preschool and provides an ideal environment for children to learn through direct experience and play. Our preschoolers spend the entire day outdoors where they can fully engage all their senses in a safe and nurturing environment.

We also believe that children need time to just be children. They need opportunities to play, to practice and work out social skills with other children in a safe environment, and to gain self-confidence and self-esteem. We believe that helping children develop a positive self-image and become socially competent is the best foundation for their future. The experience of these early preschool years will last a lifetime.