ABOUT THE PROVIDER
Timbernook Cape Cod
OVERVIEW TimberNook intricately weaves the therapeutic aspects of nature with its unique understanding of child development to create an outdoor program that supports every aspect of the growing child. Timbernook Cape Cod is a licensed provider of Timbernook.com.
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT Most nature programs set their focus on getting children outdoors and teaching them about environment and sustainability. TimberNook, does a little of this, but is certainly not an ordinary nature program. TimberNook's main focus is on how the natural environment enriches and even supports the developing child.
"Nature is the ultimate sensory experience."
— Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L (Founder and CEO, TimberNook)
THERAPUTIC VALUE Every TimberNook setting and activity is carefully analyzed for its therapeutic value. Each activity provides the opportunity for children to utilize all of their senses to the fullest. Our curriculum encourages complex social interactions, reasonable risk-taking, problem solving, fine motor skills, balance and overall strength, independent thought, tactile (touch) processing, proprioceptive (joint/muscle awareness) processing, multi-level learning, motor planning, and creativity.
YEAR-ROUND TimberNook programming is created year-round, for every season; including summer, seasonal and holiday nature programs.
OUTDOOR PLAY Most importantly, TimberNook reveals the fun in outdoor play. Our children do everything from re-creating stories in nature to building elaborate designs and structures out in the woods to having enchanted forest parties at night. Unstructured free play is incorporated into every day, and children take the lead.
WORLDWIDE Timbernook is a worldwide program, available in states throughout the US, and countries throughout the world. For more about the overall program and the founder visit Timbernook.com.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
BACKGROUND My parents instilled in me a deep appreciation for the lessons that can be learned from nature and spontaneity, forged during summers spent exploring the White Mountains. My passion for the outdoors continued after my family and I moved to beautiful Cape Cod ten years ago. A graduate of Boston College, I have been teaching for 14 years, the last 10 of which have been at the elementary school level.
ADDRESSING THE NEED I’m ecstatic to bring the TimberNook program to Cape Cod, combining my love of teaching with my love of nature. TimberNook addresses what I believe is a critical need in our community. As an elementary school teacher and a mother of two, I see firsthand how kids don’t move enough at school, which can cause behavioral and self-esteem issues. The ever-growing emphasis on testing and screentime has crowded out essential time for free play, creativity, and physical activity. As a result, children are generally less equipped to problem solve, relate to their classmates, make decisions for themselves, and handle their emotions. They are losing opportunities to be creative and inquisitive, and let us not forget they are a generation that is disconnected from nature.
MY OWN SON I became a TimberNook provider after seeing my own son struggle in school because he couldn’t sit still in class. His constant complaint was, “We never get to play." There are valuable lessons to be learned from a less structured environment, from how to manage your time to how to make decisions as a group. Spending time outdoors boosts tactile and sensory learning as well.
CERTIFIED TIMBERNOOK PROVIDER When a friend forwarded me the TimberNook Provider link, I felt that this was the change that needed to take place in my community. I trained in New Hampshire with Angela Hanscom (Timbernook Founder) to become a certified TimberNook Provider because I believe in the importance of this program for our children. In planting the seeds for TimberNook here on Cape Cod, my hope is that as the program grows, your children will blossom.