Thursday, October 1, 2020

New Session of Outdoor Parent/Caregiver-Child Class 10/13/20-11/5/20

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:30 AM

ages 9m-36m

Fort Tryon Park




Children explore in nature, build motor-skills and language, and socialize within a comfortable distance from caregivers. With the gentle guidance of our experienced teacher, children and caregivers will learn new skills, and caregivers will have time for questions and open discussions with the support of Waldorf-inspired parenting articles.

In a safe and nurturing environment, children play with things from the natural world that allow and encourage the use of imagination. We strive for an 'extended-family’ or community atmosphere as children gradually interact more with their peers or start to engage in the nursery rhymes, finger plays, and simple songs.

Email info@thewoodenbutton.com for more information and registration.





Sunday, August 16, 2020

Forest School Offerings 2020-2021

All classes will follow strict protocols* for Covid-19.

Trimester 1    Sept 14 - Dec 4

Trimester 2    Dec 7 - March 19

Trimester 3    March 22 - June 25

Forest Preschool – ages 3 - 5

M-F 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM Sept-June in Ft Tryon Park (part-time welcome)

    explore, play, look at nature, and be physically active; includes snack; partial instruction in Spanish


$3,205 per trimester 5 days/wk + registration fee**

$2,628 per trimester 4 days/wk + registration fee**

$2,019 per trimester 3 days/wk + registration fee**

$1,410 per trimester 2 days/wk + registration fee**


After School Forest – ages 5 - 7

M-F 3:00 - 5:00 PM Sept-June in Ft Tryon Park (part-time welcome)

    explore, play, look at nature, and be physically active; specific class sessions focused on dance, hiking, or hand crafts


$1,815 per trimester 5 days/wk + registration fee**

$1,488 per trimester 4 days/wk + registration fee**

$1,143 per trimester 3 days/wk + registration fee**

$799 per trimester 2 days/wk) + registration fee**


Parent-Child Outdoor Class – ages 9m – 36m

T/Th 9:30 - 11:30 AM 4-week sessions in Ft Tryon Park

children learn to play on their own, movement, songs, finger play, nature play, parent conversation/questions with Waldorf educator


$200/4-week session

First session:

    Tues 9/15        Thurs 9/17

    Tues 9/22        Thurs 9/24

    Tues 9/29        Thurs 10/1

    Tues 10/6        Thurs 10/8


*Families will be required to abide by Covid-19 protocols that will include mandatory masks for children and adults (including parents/caregivers at drop off and pick up), daily health screens and temperature checks at home (health screen performed at school if parent hasn't already done it at home), notification of teachers if the child or someone in close contact with the child has Covid. We will share a list of symptoms that preclude a child from attending until she or he is symptom free for 24 hours). In the event of an active case of Covid among the group, we will follow the protocols in public schools for closing and reopening.

**Registration fee: One-time nonrefundable fee of $150, $100 of which is applied to tuition







Monday, October 7, 2019

Enrollment for 2020-21 is now open!

We have begun the enrollment process for 2020-21. Check out the admissions page for complete information.

We have three scheduled tours for interested parents:

  • Tuesday, November 19 at 9:15 AM
  • Wednesday, January 15 at 9:15 AM
  • Wednesday, February 5 at 9:15 AM


Please email admin@thewoodenbutton.com to schedule your visit.

We are excited to meet new families and welcome back familiar faces.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tour added March 6

We have added an additional parent tour on Wednesday, March 6, at 9:15 AM. If you would like to attend, please email admin@thewoodenbutton.com.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Early tour added on Tuesday, Nov. 13

We have added an early tour next Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9:15 AM. If you are interested, please send me an email. There's space in our other tours (Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6) so don't worry if you can't make this one.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Costume parade

Parents and caregivers joined us partway through outdoor time for a parade around the garden in the sunshine. The kids enjoyed displaying their costumes for the adults and imagining new scenarios for play inspired by what they wore.



Saturday, October 20, 2018

Making necklaces at the Harvest Festival

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon with our community at the Harvest Festival. We are proud to be one of the many sponsors of the event and thank the volunteers for their hard work to put together a wonderful festival! The kids enjoyed stringing wooden beads for their necklaces, and we were happy to see familiar and new faces.