THE TIMBERNOOK PHILOSOPHY
SPEND TIME IN NATURE
A growing body of research suggests that psychological and physical health improve for children when they spend time in nature on a regular basis. Here at TimberNook, we like to look at how children benefit from nature from a developmental perspective. We like to go a little deeper and see how the brain, body, and spirit can benefit from our unique curriculum.
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)
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.
Most importantly, TimberNook reveals the fun in outdoor play. Our kids 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.
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