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Our School

Overview

Farm and Forest School at Hazel Creek Homestead  provides  private, Waldorf-inspired, nature-based education to families in Sainte Marie de Kent, NB. Our homestead is located 35 minutes north of the city of Moncton, on 80-acres of privately owned farm and forest.

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Our Story

When our boys were young we embarked on an ambitious dream of starting a Waldorf-Inspired, full time, Forest School Program for kids aged 3-5 in Riverview, NB. Every Saturday morning we ventured into the forest to meet up with some incredible children and their families with our Waldweg Forest School preschool programs. During that time we branched out to offer Parent & Child, homeschool, March Break, and Summer Camp programs too. Those days in the forest were some of the best we ever had, but ultimately we closed that chapter of our lives.

Since then, we moved from our suburban home to 80 acres of field and forest. We have grown our little homestead and our agricultural knowledge and feel called to provide the experiential education that children thrive with. 

What is Farm & Forest School?

Many people may have heard of forest school, waldkindergarten, or nature school. But what exactly is farm and forest school? Farm and forest school here at Hazel Creek is a 100% outdoor immersion program, where children learn through experience, exploration and play.  Children will have the opportunity , each week, to learn to care for the animals, the gardens, the pastures and the forests, through up-close interaction. They are guided by experienced educators, and with repeated visits to the same spaces, the students connect to the creatures, the plants. the land, and themselves. 

We follow a curriculum inspired by  Waldorf Education. The programs are planned for a variety of age groups, based on the  developmental stages of the  philosophies Rudolf Steiner. Although exceptions can be made if necessary, please know that our programs are set up and planned in an intentional way to  reflect the developmental phases of childhood. 

Ages 0-5--> We focus on goodness, nurturing the child, and supporting their will. 

Age 5-7 --> Where we focus on supporting the child through the 6-year transformation, and the beauty of letting their imaginations soar. 

Age 8-11--> We focus on supporting the child  leading up to, and through the 9-year transformation and beyond, guiding them to find their place and purpose in the grander world.

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Our Educators

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Laura Martin

founder & lead teacher

 

Qualifications:

B.A., B.Ed., Certified Teacher in NB, Waldorf Teacher's Certificate, LifeWays Graduate

Laura has taught in the public education system for 4 years. She founded and ran Waldweg Forest School, and Hawthorn Hill Academy's programs. Laura has experience teaching baby sign language, and piano classes throughout the greater Moncton area, and ESL online.

Laura's passion for preserving childhood, honouring each child's unique developmental stage, and connecting children to themselves through nature has been a guiding light in her roles as both a parent and a teacher. She brings a warm and inviting presence to our school. Along with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and ability, Laura brings an infectious energy to the "classroom" each day. 


 

Katie O'Brien

co-teacher for our Foxes programs

Qualifications:

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