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Sunday, November 29; 9:15AM - 10:15AM

Acorns & Oaks

About This Event

Introducing “Acorns & Oaks!”

Be among the first seeds to sprout in this exciting new early childhood series!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  

Six Sundays Series: January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th
Session 1: 9:15-10:15am; Session 2: 10:30-11:30am

*November 8th -December 13th Session SOLD OUT.  

PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES ONE PARENT AND ONE CHILD.  Additional siblings and parents may join at the fees below:

Members: $205 per one-parent/one-child pair; Non-Members: $215 per one-parent/one-child pair 

*Additional Sibling: Members: $102.50 per additional sibling; Non-Members: $107.50 per additional sibling

*Additional Parent: Members: $102.50 per additional parent; Non-Members: $107.50 per additional parent 

*This program is for children 5 years old and younger

*For Arboretum members, remember to create your Arboretum account to get the discount at checkout. For instructions on how to create an account click here. To create an account click here.

*This program has been modified from its original format to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines.  All participants two years old and above are required to wear protective face coverings.  Social distancing will be in place throughout the program, arranged by the instructor.  Families will have individual sets of supplies so that objects are not shared by different hands.  Groups will not exceed 15 participants, and health screenings of all participants (including temperature checks) will be conducted before the beginning of each class.  

Acorns & Oaks is a unique, homegrown, parent-child educational program that is rooted in whole-child philosophy & developmental play. Starting November, you can experience this wonderful program in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum!

Designed to provide outdoor, nature-based learning experiences for babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 5, the goal is to help our little acorns grow into mighty oaks!  Acorns & Oaks fosters parent and child bonding through tactile play with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration. The program provides little ones with a natural environment in which to practice and further develop all growing abilities, particularly gross/fine motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. It also offers parents and caregivers the much-needed time to socialize and relax in a beautiful setting.

The program is mixed-age for a “family learning” style, and siblings are warmly encouraged. All domains of development are nourished through intentional teaching and hands-on learning. A simple curriculum, group singing, & nurturing tactile play offer the perfect growth experience. Sessions offer direct contact with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration.

One of the most affordable and value-packed parent & me programs in the area, Acorns & Oaks is led by Betsy Edelberg, founder of Playgroup Los Angeles. Acorns & Oaks is mixed age for a family learning style, and siblings are welcome. Questions? Please contact Brooke Applegate at brooke.applegate@arboretum.org

“Acorns & Oaks” classes are taught by Betsy Edelberg (founder of Playgroup LA) who has taught hundreds of parents and children over 12 years! Betsy holds a degree in Child Development. She has certifications in Children’s Yoga, Brain Gym, and training in Waldorf Early Child Education.

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THE VALUE OF OUTDOOR PARENT-CHILD LEARNING:

Why does nature-based learning matter?  Nature-based learning provides children with boundless opportunities for mindfulness and self-centering.  By organically inspiring children to stop, listen, and look around, immersion in nature fine-tunes children’s observation and self-soothing skills, allowing them to check in with the world around them.  In addition to fostering stewardship for the environment and respect for other living creatures, strengthening immune systems, cultivating executive function and socialization skills, and setting up patterns for an active lifestyle, research shows us that outdoor learning supports a broad spectrum of healthy child development.  According to a study by the American Institutes of Research, outdoor classrooms and other nature-based learning experiences significantly boost academic performance.  They found that students in outdoor science programs improved their testing scores by 27 percent!  Whereas the traditional classroom can be concurrently overstimulating and limiting, learning with, in, and through nature offers children the opportunity to engage all of their senses in vibrant ways, touching and experimenting with things in a way that the pages of a textbook in a classroom could never do.  Additionally, as children are naturally inclined to play when outdoors, nature-based learning supports play-based-learning, a powerful tool in emotionally imprinting learning on the human psyche (for children and adults alike!).  “Acorns & Oaks” provides children with the opportunity to reap all of these benefits while simultaneously bonding with you through joyful joint activities.  (And don’t forget that strong immune systems, playtime, socialization and physical activity are just as good for adults too!) 

Cost

PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES ONE PARENT AND ONE CHILD.  Additional siblings and parents may join at the fees below:

Members: $205 per one-parent/one-child pair; Non-Members: $215 per one-parent/one-child pair 

*Additional Sibling: Members: $102.50 per additional sibling; Non-Members: $107.50 per additional sibling

*Additional Parent: Members: $102.50 per additional parent; Non-Members: $107.50 per additional parent 

More Information

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

Participant cancellations made up to two weeks in advance of session start dates will qualify for a full refund. Cancellations made less than two weeks in advance will only qualify for a refund if the space can be filled by someone on the wait list. The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the class non-viable. If the Arboretum cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. In the event any weeks are required to close due to public health concerns or mandates, refunds will be provided for the canceled dates.

Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

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