Our philosophy at La Jolla Forest School is that children have the freedom to explore, imagine, play, socialize, learn and create in an outdoor environment. Our Forest School follows a daily schedule with a different lesson plan for each day but since we are based in an outdoor environment our day to day can change, making us a more child-directed, hands on pre school for young adventurous minds.
Torrey Pines- Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is 2,000 acres of coastal state park located in the community of La Jolla, in San Diego, California, off North Torrey Pines Road. This reserve is has so much to offer us with beautiful overlooks, 6 different nature trails, an ocean and clean beach, birds, geology, insects and spiders, mammals, plants, reptiles, amphibians and seashores. There are several bathrooms and hand washing stations at the reserve that will be available for the children’s convenience.
La Jolla Forest school is unlike any other traditional pre school. Here we strive to engage in a nature based, child directed experience that caters to your children’s curious and growing minds.
We will follow a weekly lesson plan that includes thematic based lessons. Each lesson plan will have a group time, motor development, cognitive development, math, writing, creative expression and sensory component. Each week the theme will be different, new and exciting! Although we will have a schedule and lesson plan if the children collectively want to engage in a different learning activity or experience we will shift gears to meet the children’s needs and desires.
Our school will be mostly based at Torrey Pines National Reserve where we will utilize its beautiful views, trails, open spaces and its ocean and beach in each of our daily lessons. Unless the whether is severe enough La Jolla Forest school will be open rain or shine. If the whether does not permit for us to conduct our school outdoors we will relocate to a museum in La Jolla for that day.
Outdoor education is a huge part of our philosophy here at La Jolla Forest School and the children will engage in outdoor play and learning on a daily basis. The children will also have the opportunity to attend a field trip in the La Jolla area 3-4 times a year (additional charges will apply).
Our Approach to Discipline
Our approach to discipline is based off of the approach called “Positive Discipline”. This form of discipline believes that there are no bad children, just good or bad behaviors, as do we here at La Jolla Forest School. Our main strategy is to understand where the bad behavior is coming from and then to redirect the child into a better more well behaved direction.
Lead teacher and Director, Samantha Szohr
Samantha is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services and Leadership. She has been both a preschool teacher and personal nanny for over 5 years, which included writing and implementing age appropriate lesson plans which incorporated songs/music, literacy development, math and science, large/small motor skill. Samantha also has experience working with multiple children at a time, between the ages of 6 weeks to 12 years old. In addition to her experience as a child care provider, Samantha is also a co-founder of a nonprofit organization called “Youth Coalition Assistance” for homeless and at risk youth in the San Diego area that is working towards transforming and empowering the lives of homeless youth. She prides herself on her passion for working with children, teaching, and helping children to learn and grow.
We are a proud member of the Wonderschool network.
Wonderschool is a group of early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best child care centers with the warmth of an in-home program in your neighborhood.