The Mason Jar Farm School

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There is currently an Opening in the Wednesday/Thursday class. Please email info@greenplaynw.org if you are interested in the spot!

Be part of our fourth circle of young farmers at The Mason Jar Farm!

To learn more, visit our General Enrollment Information page. If you would like to be added to our current year’s waitlist, please contact Info@greenplaynw.org.

Our Story

In the summer of 2013, we had the pleasure of meeting Jenni Lee Sample at a local farmer’s market in Maple Valley, WA. Our first experience with her was of her kindness towards our young children and her deep interest in sharing her delicious farm veggies with us. Watching young children delight in the taste of kale chips was exciting and got us thinking, a lot, about the importance of providing healthy, organic food as part of all of our programs and classes. It also renewed and supported our passion for the nurturing arts – working the soil, baking bread, canning goods for winter, and caring for animals. All of these play a very important role in early childhood – authentic experiences for young children, and opportunities for them to be part of a productive, vibrant community.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ~ W.B. Yeats

veggiesOur Mason Jar Farm School program developed out of the idea that working farms are full of experiences that, like forest school, work to engage all of the senses. Students in these settings learn about the weather, for example, because they can feel it on their face or  notice changes in the behaviors of their bird and animal friends. The germination of a seed is experienced because we can see it with our eyes, and later, taste it with our mouths as we enjoy a meal together. Aligning our students to the natural cycle of the seasons brings about a rhythm that is unparalleled in many other preschool settings.

Following in our Forest School tradition, our farm school is a play-based, all outdoors program for children ages 3-6. We are located at The Mason Jar Farm in Enumclaw, WA. Jenni’s farm is located on 9 acres of beautiful pasture-land, and includes numerous raised garden beds, fruit trees, chickens, rabbits, mini horses, as well as a barn, high tunnels, fire pit, and a seasonal creek.


Our Daily Rythum

A ‘Sample’ Day at Farm School:

Arrival and Sign-In, parents and children

Farm Work and Play – Children participate in classroom chores, work on their individual
and group projects, create art, swing, run, and explore our forest classroom.

Ring Time – We gather for songs, group discussions, and sharing.

Storytelling and Snack – Children wash up, help prepare the space, participate in a blessing,
and enjoy a small snack together.

Adventure Time – We explore our special places, play games,
work on seasonal projects, scout new areas, tell stories and write in journals.

We return to our home space for our goodbye song and farewell!

Dear Friends, Goodbye
Dear Friends, Goodbye
Now is the time of day,
When we all go our way,
Dear Friends, Goodbye
Dear Friends, Goodbye
Go well and safely,
Go well and safely,
Go well and safely,
Our love be ever with you.

Program Details

AGES: 3-6. Children must be age 3 by September 1st (2020) of the school year. Children who turn 7 before June 1st (2021) of the school year are not eligible to enroll.
STUDENT-TO-TEACHER RATIO: 5:1
CLASS SIZE: 10 children
PROGRAM OPTIONS: Monday & Tuesday OR Wednesday & Thursday
HOURS: 10:00am-12:15pm
TUITION: $240/month. We are a 9-month-long program.
REGISTRATION FEE: $100.00/child

Our mixed ages approach benefits children in many ways and helps us build a community that models the love and care which is more naturally in sync with how children learn.

Our program includes one snack;  in-season fruits and vegetables. We are a nut and dairy free program.

Families who enroll in our preschool class fulfill an annual parent volunteer commitment and are invited to share their talents throughout the year.

We follow the Enumclaw School District’s calendar for most weather related closures, holidays, and vacation schedules.

We know that providing the best quality education for your child represents a financial commitment. We also believe that every child and family, regardless of economic status or circumstance, should have equal access to our programs and services.  If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please contact Ken Kinnear at Treasurer@greenplaynw.org. All information we receive will be completely confidential.

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Q & A

Q: What curriculum does our farm school use?

A: We play-based early childhood program committed to helping families raise happy, healthy, and capable children. We use an emergent curriculum to support individual and group learning processes, allowing for our activities and agenda to be interest-led and child-driven. We are equally inspired by the traditions of Waldorf and Reggio Emilia; protecting the senses, promoting beauty and reverence, using the environment as our 3rd teacher, and viewing children as competent, capable, and creative learners.

Q: Will my child be outside the whole time?

A: Yes! We are a full nature-immersion program so we will be spending all of our time outside, rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, we have access to a heated, indoor shelter area.

Q: Is snack/lunch provided?

A: We provide a snack each day and invite children to participate. Examples of our snack include organic fruits and vegetable’s. Throughout the year, we may also have herbal tea, prepare baked potatoes, warm apple sauce, vegetable soup, homemade bread and muffins, and eat local berries, fruits, and veggies when they are available.

Q: What kind of equipment/clothing must my child bring?

A: All registered families will be given a seasonal gear list. It is imperative that children come to school prepared for the weather so that they are able to spend all of their energy on playing and learning, and less on trying to stay warm and dry.

Q: What does a mixed age group look like?

A: Mixed age groupings provide unique opportunities for children to learn and grow as part of a home-like community. We engage 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds according to their age and abilities, while they imitate the mood, gestures and work of our teachers (and their older friends). Our 5 and 6-year-olds develop the independence and sense of responsibility necessary to become leaders in the class, while also working on extended projects and goals.

Q: Is before and after school care provided?

A: At this time, we are unable to offer extended care to children in our program. However, we realize there is a great need for full-day care, especially for our working families, and hope to add this service as our program grows.

Q: Can parents participate and/or volunteer?

A: Yes! We welcome parents and community volunteers to participate in all aspects of our programming. We appreciate the talent, enthusiasm, and loving presence of parents in our community who are willing to share their work and wisdom with us. Volunteering can take on many forms – helping us reach out to new families, staffing our school booth at community events, sharing musical and artistic talents with our students, providing leadership for special events, or joining our Board of Directors.

Q: Does your program incorporate religious teachings?

A: No. However, we do believe that all humans (and all living things) exist as part of a spiritual dimension and are deeply connected. Our program emphasizes peace, thankfulness, and respect for self, others, and the natural world.