The Hartsbrook School

Nursery and Kindergarten

Traditional Classroom


In our Early Childhood programs (for children two years and nine months through age six), we provide rich exposure to language and culture through stories, songs and verses. Children experience social interactions through imaginative play and practical activity. There is rhythm and balance to each day, with a healthy mixture of active pursuits such as circle games and outdoor play along with quiet activities such as coloring, painting, beeswax modeling and baking. Children also enjoy long walks in nature and visits to the farm animals and garden. Full and half day options are available depending on age.

Forest Classroom

ForestJumpThe natural world is a wise and gifted teacher. Young children need opportunities to connect with the wonder, beauty, tranquility, and integrative activities available in the great outdoors. These experiences provide an essential foundation for development and learning. All Waldorf early childhood classes offer valuable time spent in nature. But the Forest Classroom goes one step further by immersing the children in daily outdoor experiential learning.

Our Forest Classroom is situated in the field and forest of our beautiful campus, nestled between farmland and the Seven Sisters Mountain Range of the Pioneer Valley. Children spend the mornings outdoors in creative meaningful play, and return indoors for lunch, rest and respite from extreme weather.

See Also

Rachel Kennedy, Hartsbrook Forest Kindergarten Teacher, “My Path to the Forest” (Renewal Magazine, Fall/Winter 2014)

Hartsbrook School to Launch ‘Forest Classroom’ to Integrate Play, Nature and Learning (Springfield Republican, April 16, 2014)

From the Hartsbrook Blog — Early Childhood

May Fair Festival – A Celebration of Springtime
The First of May began with the Hartsbrook  community gathering to sing together before heading off  to play and work on our beautiful land. Older students joined together throughout the campus – gardens were tended, new plants planted and seeds sown in the fields.  Early Childhood students processed throughout the school bringing fresh flowers to teachers and staff.  Coming back together we met in…

Ebb and Flow
Dear Hartsbrook Parents, This is the time of year when we look ahead to next year and we would like to share progam and faculty changes with you! EARLY CHILDHOOD For the last few years, our early childhood classes have been full. We have decided to add a fifth mixed age kindergarten next year to accommodate the influx of students. Enrollment…

Simplifying Together, One Small Change at a Time
By Janet Lynch Hartsbrook parent & Certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach Beginning last October, two groups of parents from Hartsbrook and beyond have been gathering monthly at our school to explore the themes of Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. The parents, whose children range…

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