Roots+Wings is a toddler playgroup in Greenville, SC.
There are different involvement options:
- Roots and Wings Playschool (parent and me style class)
- Roots and Wings Nature Club (forest school inspired adventure club)
- Play-based Greenville Monthly Discussions & Events, free to public
Our play school will draw from many different education philosophies (Montessori, Reggio, Charlotte Mason and Waldorf). Our goal is to appreciate and practice the learning styles of numerous mindful educators in order for each parent to discover the style that best fits their family.
The core of Roots+Wings Playschool is nature. We believe children should interact with natural elements on a daily basis and that the best teaching tools are found elements from trails, backyards and our natural environment.
- Daily outdoor time
- A literature rich home environment
- A community of loving friends and families
- Habit formation in the early years
- Project-based, hands-on and play-based learning
We encourage families to fill their weeks with literacy and hands on learning at home. We strive to create a supplement playgroup to your own teachings. Natasha has carefully designed a curriculum that fits our play-based mama hearts.
The Learning Coaches
“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.
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 organize the lessons, curriculum, finances and families so that the learning coaches are able to guide the group with fun and engaging learning.”
“As a parent, we can infuse life skills along side our child’s own creative instincts. Art has always been a part of my life and I was fortunate to attend a creative arts high school that exposed me to various mediums of art. It may be messy but it’ll be worth it! The children involved in this group will learn that art is more then paper and crayons. They will create with dance, food and multiple mediums to encourage them to discover their own unique talents.
My role in Roots+Wings is to develop lessons for the children and coordinate the field trips. I am passionate about giving back to the community. One of my favorite ways to do this is through taking groups of children to assisted living homes to spread cheer.”
Laura, Sensory Exploration Leader
Bio coming soon.
Where and when does Roots+Wings Playschool meet?
We will have two sessions beginning in January at Swamp Rabbit Cafe. Wednesday mornings, specific times to be announced.
What ages are welcomed?
The group is designed for children 2-4 years, but we are a flexible group so use your best judgement for your child. Siblings are welcome to come with you. (We love babies and helpful older siblings!)
What does a typical session look like?
Each Roots+Wings playdate will have a similar structure so that the children will become familiar with the rhythm.
Sign In, Hello Song, Read Aloud
Invitations to Play (Centers or Stations)
Mini Lesson, Good-bye song
Children will be looking at the textures of tree bark, examining the beauty of a flower petal, becoming familiar with fairy tales and beautiful literature…not to mention making sweet friendships as they explore together.
What are the future learning themes?
January- Forest Animals
February- Sticks and Stones
The next sessions will most likely include farm animals and seeds & plants
The Nitty Gritty
How much does this cost?
We ask that payments are made in full prior to beginning in our class. It is $12/class plus $25 registration/supplies fee, making the grand total $133 for the 9 weeks. Yes, it is very inexpensive compared to most classes. We ask for parent support and help when we can during the sessions. We are fueled by the kindness of parents.
How many weeks is the program?
Roots+Wings Playschool runs in 9 week sessions, 3 classes per month for 3 month stretches.
Jan 10th, 17th and 24th
February 14th, 21st and 28th
March 14th, 21st, and 28th
Why three weeks a month, not four?
Quick honest answer- because the founder, Natasha, is a mom too and likes to have a week break to do her own family adventures. She runs a couple other mini projects, so if you are looking for something to do, just ask her
Bonus points for you for only paying for 3 weeks a month? 🙂
Is this a mom’s morning out program?
At this time, it is not. Parents must participate in the learning experience. We have designed the program as a coaching model rather than a “drop off” model. That being said, if you personally cannot attend each week, feel free to send your child with a grandparents, aunt, uncle, friend or nanny.
My child has some special needs, do you think they could participate in these activities?
Yes! We encourage parents of children with disabilities to attend. Natasha’s background is in special education. If you feel comfortable and want to share, just give Natasha a heads up when you register so that she can accommodate the activities for your child’s physical, social, emotional or learning needs.
What makes this program different from a free library program or something like that?
We expose the children to many different types of learning activities such as science experiments, creative arts, and fine/gross motor practice. We prepare sensory experiences, coach parents as we go and plan both a literacy component and mini lesson each week. That being said, library programs are awesome and are a great addition to your family rhythm.
If you have any questions, please contact Natasha. (813)503-6811
or through Instagram Direct Message, @playfulbydesign.co.