From Little Seeds, Grow Mighty Trees - Author Unknown
At Sherwood Forest Preschool children are given the time, space and nurturing environment to grow majestically!
Hello and welcome, we are so glad you are here. We are a play-based preschool program, located in the charming town of Gladstone in Oregon. We offer a 3 day 4 hour program T-Th 9am-1pm
We take very seriously the importance of time, space and a nurturing environment for PLAY. Our program is rooted in Nature, Seasonal and Daily Rhythms, Handwork and Classic Literature /Storytelling. Find out more about our Literacy Program under 'Literary Walks' from the 'Program Details' tab above.
Community and families are the very roots of our program. We honor and welcome families to be involved in ways they are able and most enjoy. Here at Sherwood Forest Preschool, we want to be the fertile ground from which your child and family flourish.
We have carefully designed a program that fuels the mind, body and soul, and brings us together to learn from and enjoy our commonalities and our differences.
Thank you for visiting, we would love to hear your thoughts or answer any questions you may have.
What parents are saying.
Wow! There are so many wonderful things I have to say about Sherwood Forest Preschool! It is a magical place made to be a child’s wonderland. Ms. Shell made my son feel welcome and loved from the minute he began. He has thrived with hands on play both indoors and out and truly loves every minute he is there. I am fortunate to get to spend a little time there helping out and what impresses me most each time , is seeing first hand Ms. Shell’s incredible patience with each and every child, allowing them to feel their emotions while helping them work through their frustrations with gentle guidance. The icing on this preschool cake is that Michelle H. joined the Sherwood Forest Team. Together, these ladies have created a one of a kind learning experience with incredible nature based curriculum that truly delights both children and their families. I feel so fortunate to have found Sherwood Forest and am thrilled my boy gets to thrive there another year!
"Ms. Shell is creative, fun, caring, and responsive to the children in her care. It’s nice to have someone else excited about your child as they discover new things and learn. Whether it’s a texted photo during the day or a mention of something she observed, it’s obvious how much she cares and the joy she gets in watching each child grow. The environment is set up so well with many intriguing and exciting areas to explore, a variety of learning experiences, and rotating materials (including books!). The kids are able to spend a good amount of time outside, which has its own incredible environment where everyone can get their energy out and enjoy nature. I love that outside time happens rain or shine and that kids are equipped in rain gear or venture out in bare feet, depending on the type of day it is! From searching for worms to feeding the chickens, kid-designed water features to homemade dinosaur bones… it’s always a day of exploration and learning at Sherwood Forest."
"Enrolling your child into daycare can be a scary and overwhelming process however all of our fears and concerns melted away the moment we stepped into Sherwood Forest Preschool and met with Ms. Shell. The environment inspires creativity through play, imagination, discovery and exploration. I so appreciate the emphasis on arts, reading and play over tv time. My child has blossomed since joining Sherwood Forest Preschool and Ms. Shell captures every moment sharing in photos, art projects and slide shows. She also keeps the children (and families) involved in the community through field trips, guest visitors, toy drives and upcoming events. Ms. Shell not only opens her home to our children but to the families too! Most importantly Ms. Shell provides a safe, clean and loving environment for our children to thrive!"
We are so fortunate to have had both of our children attend Sherwood Forest. Our son, is in elementary school now but loves to visit when we pick up his younger sister. Ms. Shell is creative, caring, gentle and firm. She is playful, silly and excellent at helping the children resolve their own conflicts.
Sherwood Forest fosters creativity and healthy habits. Play spaces inspire the imagination, explore science, enhance dramatic play and change-up often. Children move their bodies while inside and out. The sandbox and mud kitchen with working water pump are a family favorite. We have been attending Sherwood Forest since January 2012, with a total of 7 years between our two kids. Every day there has brought good memories, important learning and life lessons to our children.