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Forest School

Our goals are:

1. To help each child foster a deep relationship with themselves, with each other as a community and with the Earth. 

2. To promote wellness in mind, body and spirit.

3. To give children the gift of knowledge about the Earth and its living and non-living inhabitants.

Spending time in nature:

-Reduces stress, anger and aggression

-Enhances coordination and balance

-Encourages creativity, critical thinking and problem solving

-Strengthens bodies and immune systems

-Lengthens attention span and decreases ADHD symptoms

-Increases positive self-esteem

-Improves social skills

-Fosters a love for the Earth and desire to care for it

-Improves academic performance


Class schedule and outline

Fridays 11:30am -3:30 pm

September 2, 2022 – May 26, 2023

We follow the Alpine School District calendar


Class outline

Gather as a class

Hike to meeting area

Circle time + activities

    Each class period will have a nature-based theme and include skills, games,

    nature journaling and/or individual and group activities. Examples of themes

    may include edible plants, animal adaptations, the water cycle, etc.

Shared Meal

Free play

Hike back to pick-up area

Load gear and children



Tuition and Snack/Supply Fee

Tuition is $100 month (without transportation) $125 (with transportation), due by the first of each month. In addition to monthly tuition, there is a one-time $80 snack and supply fee due when the contract is signed. This will hold your child’s spot in the class. 


Payments can be made via Venmo @Heather-Zemp



We will provide a shared meal at each gathering. We will refer to your application for allergy information. It will consist of a starch (roll, muffin, or crackers), fruit & veggie, and cheese stick or cheese slice.  If you have any concerns about foods, please reach out. You are welcome to send food with your child if you think they may need more to eat or in the case of special diets or especially picky eaters..


Class Cancellation Policy

We are excited to spend every week in the forest with your children! However, we know that life is unpredictable and we allow ourselves 2 days of paid leave due to sickness or emergency.

Infrequently, we may experience severe weather and may cancel if weather is unsafe. 

If for any reason class is canceled beyond  those 2 days, tuition will be prorated the following month.

Please let Miss Heather know if you would be interested in substituting.

Stories and Seasons
Art Classes

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Hello! Welcome to Spindlewood Cottage School art classes. I am so excited to have your child/children join me on this imaginative and fun adventure as we explore rich stories and seasonal observations together through art.  We will learn and grow so much together.


Goals and Purpose 

I have always enjoyed creating.  As a child, my grandma and aunt were artists and taught me many skills, probably the most important of which was observation, and believing in myself as an artist. I hope to pass this mindset on to my students.  I firmly believe everyone can create.  Our class will be a safe space where imagination will guide us as we explore rich stories and beauty found in the world around us. This class will be very influenced by the Waldorf philosophy of education.  


Class schedule and outline

Thematic Blocks of classes will be offered, beginning October 2022.  


When: Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm 

Where: Spindlewood Cottage (1122 E. 1100 N. Orem)

Ages: 6-9

Cost: ($20/class) Supplies included


Class outline

Gather as a class

Teachers and children greet each other and settle in

Opening song and verse


Teacher-led story and seasonal observations.

We may use the same story for more than one week, depending on the complexity of the story and 

accompanying art project. Whenever possible, cross curricular connections with science, and social studies will be explored.


Art Instruction and Exploration

This portion of the class will be both student and teacher led with specific skills being taught, along with plenty of opportunities for creative exploration with a variety of high quality materials.



    A simple snack of fruit or veggies and granola bars or crackers will be provided.


Clean up


Free play

    We will finish our class with free play, inside or outside (depending on weather).  




Tuition will be $20/class and will be organized in units of 6-8 blocks. Supplies and snacks will be included.


Payments can be made via Venmo @Heather-Zemp



What to Bring

All arts and supplies needed for class will be provided. 


When weather permits, class will be held outside.  We have a covered patio and fully fenced yard with a sandbox, and trampoline. Please send your child with clothes suitable for the weather.


Children are welcome to bring a water bottle if they would like.


**Please DO NOT send your child with toys or electronics as these can be distracting.

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