Hello there. We our so happy that you found our nature-based play community. We are so happy to share that we are currently transitioning into a non-profit. This will allow us to share our love for nature and play with more families in our community.
Mission Statement: We are dedicated to the education of children 2-10 in a play based/nature based program in Greenville, South Carolina. We honor a child’s innate love and curiosity of nature. We look for opportunities for children to engage, bond, build ideas and ask questions. We are passionate about providing young children experience, exploration and connection to nature. We believe in open ended play, valuing a child’s work and meeting each child’s development where they are. We value all learners and believe that a child’s exceptionalities should be embraced. We believe in a child learning at their own pace, inspired and encouraged by peers and teachers. We teach science, math, literature and social studies using nature as our base. We give students an opportunity to grow their social emotional skills in a safe and encouraging environment. We believe that working and playing in nature fosters optimal brain development, an increased ability to learn and quiet mindfulness. We work to engage with parents and caregivers to enhance confidence and competence in their inherent role as the people who ultimately foster a child’s nature education. We consider a family an equal partner in our endeavor. We work to inspire a lifelong love of nature learning, care for the environment and conservation of wild places. We believe that the immersion of nature will create future generations who continue to care about the natural world, use problem solving skills to make change and strive to create new paths that benefit all.
Roots+Wings Play Promoters
Natasha, Founder “It has been a dream of mine to open a school that truly exemplifies what I want for my own child- a place where childhood is embraced, academic are taught through literature and play and time outdoors is valued. I wanted to open a school where parents were friends, student’s emotional well being and habit formation was of higher importance than their ability to compute math problems and learn phonics. My passion and focus on nature based learning is the core of Roots+Wings classes.
What I have been given the opportunity to offer is even better than this. I have been gifted friendship with other mindful parents that want the same for their children. My Role in Roots+Wings is to support families as well as to guide the group with fun and engaging learning. I am overwhelmed with excitement as my mom and I plan for the expansion of Roots+Wings. I have enjoyed nature alongside my mom since my childhood. I have memories of carrying rocks around the yard to help my parents construct beautiful rock gardens, pull weeds and chat about each flower that my hands touched and spend hours walking along fields and paths with my family. When I became a mom, I was again reminded of how grounded my body and soul is with nature. My mom and I spent hours bopping around her flower farm, tending to my herb garden….and sipping Sangria on the porch while hanging with my little girl. Our time outside continues to be a treasured part of my life.”
Laura, Sensory Experience Teacher
Before staying home with her daughters, Laura was a therapeutic classroom teacher. Her knowledge of a sensory-rich environment is rooted in both her teaching experience and her hands-on experience as mother. She is continually finding creative ways to introduce sensory bins and motor practice.
Mary, Arts and Crafts Teacher
Art has always been a part of Mary’s life and she was fortunate to attend a creative arts high school that exposed her to various mediums of art. Her art philosophy is, “It may be messy, but it’ll be worth it!” Mary dreams up beautiful ways for children to express themselves.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for joining the Playful By Design Community. I am truly grateful for every one of you.