"Most programming designed for children is highly structured, leaving them with little time to think for themselves." ~Angela Hanscom
TerraTime is different.
We offer outdoor enrichment opportunities, designed with the TIME & SPACE required for children to explore, create, build, design, problem solve, take risks, and use their imagination – all while experiencing the WONDER OF OUTDOOR PLAY.
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Each TerraTime opportunity encourages children to develop a range of school readiness and life-long learning skills.
We maintain small group sizes with a ratio of one team member to every eight children.
While the specific outcomes may differ to some degree, there are several elements that are key to all TerraTime outdoor experiences. These include: spontaneous play, cooperative effort, self-awareness, social skills, motor planning, problem solving, sensory integration, creativity, curiosity, self-reliance, belonging, empathy and an increased knowledge and appreciation of the natural environment.
Our Summer Programs are designed for children ages 4-11 years old. These drop-off programs run for one week, Monday-Friday from 9am to 2pm.
Our programs take place on private property in an enriching play environment. Children engage their senses and experience the wonder of discovery, while developing important skills.
TerraTime uses a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) inspired curriculum that is specifically designed to encourage children-directed play while creatively engaging with the natural world around them.
Each day has a theme that is woven through each play prompt, loose parts, and materials. Children use natural and man-made materials to create, explore, and problem solve.
Special Events vary throughout the year and provide children with a unique learning opportunity, all while experiencing the beauty of the changing seasons and being exposed to a variety of weather conditions.
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In line with the mission of TerraTime, our curriculum focuses on the process more than the product.
Friday Fun Days
Friday Fun Days are drop-off programs designed for children, ages 4-10 years old, to experience three hours of outdoor fun.
These special days are filled with engaging play prompts that encourage creativity, movement, and child-driven learning.
While daily themes are planned and guided by a team of adults, our respect for a child’s interests and ability to guide themselves through their experiences is very important. It is magical when children can learn and grow through open-ended free play and self-direction. Usually, the materials and the prompts provided find their way into a child’s play in ways we least expect it.
Our Stay-n-Play Days offer a self-guided opportunity for children and their parent or caregiver to stay and play together in our nature classroom.
Children come to…
Explore an outdoor environment that stimulates and nurtures, with loose parts and simple play materials.
Delight in opportunities to support their unfolding interests, motor abilities, and problem-solving skills.
Experience social interaction in play that stimulates their speech and language development.
Parents come and…
Experience an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and information.
See firsthand the skill building that occurs when children have the opportunity to play outside.
Gain insights about what their child is capable of doing.
Meet other parents and find a community of sharing and support.
Because of the important benefits that adults and children enjoy when they share in this experience, Stay & Play Programs are not designed to allow children to be dropped off.
Due to COVID restrictions, we are limiting the number of families using our classroom at one time. Click on the "More Information" link to book your time slot.