Acorn School is enrolling! Nursery & Kindergarten programs…

Our Nursery & Forest Kindergarten each have a few places left. Come join our vibrant school community… an education for the whole family. For more information see the info page or contact Motria at 845-443-1541 or

Acorn School is community where young children’s play is valued as the lens through which they make the world their own. Children experience an enlivened, positive atmosphere, and play materials taken from nature that allow open interpretation. We go outside in rain or shine to run, climb, swing, sled, garden, construct, push wheelbarrows, pull wagons, and jump rope. This is the essential free play in which the children flourish and delight.

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Here, we cultivate a space for intelligent play, allowing the children to engage with the physical world and each other. This is the true work of childhood, the essential basis for critical thinking, problem solving, and social interaction. In our warm, home-like atmosphere, the children are guarded from sensory overload (so ubiquitous in our culture) that can disrupt and even arrest this fundamental activity from finding expression. Journeying through the year we honor the seasons and celebrate festivals. The daily rhythm balances time spent indoors and out, restful times with active, and individual with group activities. This provides a nurturing and sustaining creative space, fostering self-confidence, physical health, and social intuition.

Experiential tasks, great and small, build the foundation for cognitive learning. With song and story, literacy and linguistic capacity are strengthened, along with a sense of the beauty and expressiveness of language. Counting games and rhyme provide a solid basis for memory and mathematical skills. Concentration, small-muscle development, and hand-eye coordination are all skills significantly promoted through tasks such as baking, braiding, finger crocheting, sewing, modeling with beeswax, and watercolor painting. All these elements work together, creating not only a superior foundation for elementary school learning, but also a basis in areas such as artistic ability, ethical values, social awareness, resilience, and health.

For more information see the info page or contact Motria at 845-443-1541 or