OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE 3)– The forest is probably one of the last places you’d expect to find a classroom…but preschool students at Thrive Forest School in Oldham County are getting back to basics.
Teachers say that as soon as you put kids within four walls, they start bouncing off them. So their solution was to take those walls away.
Students have access to 170 acres at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen three days a week.
While adults are always close by, students are given space to think and learn independently.
“Things have really sped up I think for children in their childhood and they’ve become so structured going from one practice to one rehearsal and that kind of thing, for three hours out here we’re trading screen time for green time and we’re giving kids an opportunity to just get muddy and have fun and they leave school everyday with these huge smiles on their faces,” said Ryan Delvin, Thrive director.
Instructors keep class sizes small.
They’re capped it at ten children, so there’s one teacher for every five students.