Butterfly Garden South Austin -- Forest Kindergarten

 

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (2, 3, or 4 day enrollment options, Fridays opening up Jan 2019)

Ages: 3 - 6 years old

Address: 10802 Kit Carson Drive Austin, TX 78737

Email Contact: Janine@TheButterflyGarden.net

Phone: (512) 337-2602

Lunches/Snacks: Provided by student

Tuition and Fees:

3 - 6 year old class

  • $330 per month (2 days each week)
  • $440 per month (3 days each week
  • $550 per month (4 days each week)
  • $660 per month (5 days each week)

2 year old class

  • $480 per month (2 days each week)
  • $600 per month (3 days each week)
  • $710 per month (4 days each week)
  • $820 per month (5 days each week)

 

  • $100 supply fee (due at the time of enrollment and every September thereafter)
  • $50 registration fee (due at the time of enrollment)

 

Sibling discount = 10% off oldest child’s tuition

 

A non-refundable deposit of $150 is necessary to reserve a spot for a future date and will go toward the supply and registration fee.

 

Daily Rythm:

9:00 a.m.     Arrival 

9:15 a.m.     Morning Circle/Story Time

9:30 a.m.    Unstructured Play/ Prepare for forest

10:00  a.m.  Into the Forest (Morning Snack/ Art Exploration/Unstructured Play)

12:15 p.m.   Picnic Lunch

1:00 p.m.     Gardening

1:30 p.m.     Classroom Care

1:45 p.m.      Goodbye Circle

2:00 p.m.     Departure

 

2018/ 2019 School Year 

 

First Day of School...............................September 4

Last Day of School.........................................May 31

 

The Butterfly Garden is closed for the following days:

 

Thanksgiving.................................November 19 - 23

Winter Break............................December 24 - Jan 4

Spring Break........................................March 18 - 22

Good Friday...................................................April 19

Memorial Day................................................May 27

 

2019 Summer Camp (Ages 3 - 10 years old)

Dates and tuition TBA February 2019

 

For more information or to enroll contact Janine@TheButterflyGarden.net

Janine Goodwin

As a mother of three (10 y/o, 22 y/o, 24 y/o), my former profession as a pediatric registered nurse, and now as a certified teacher, I've been given the unique perspective of viewing a child's optimal growth in terms of health, intellect, and spirituality. I feel I have a firm grasp on what education is meant to be and this, in turn, has become my burning passion! The quote "A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it's original dimensions"--Oliver Wendell Holmes, sums it up nicely. I believe what our schools focus on (read Our Philosophy) is the inherent right of every child, and it is my purpose in life to provide it!

Along with children, my other passion is nature. I feel strongly about protecting and preserving nature and our environment (you might call me a tree-hugger!). I may feel this way because of my experiences and exposure to nature and the outdoors as a child growing up (camping, hiking, biking, etc.), which may have just been the generation I grew up in ('70s/'80s). But what I see now, and what statistics are saying, is that this type of recreation is on the decline. That saddens me as I know the future of our earth will rest upon the decisions our children make as adults (as well as ours today, of course!). And I wonder how much they will try to protect and preserve something they can't appreciate and have no close, personal relationship with. This has led me to the creation of the Butterfly Garden and opened my eyes to the necessity for every child to have access to one in their neighborhood.

What I have discovered is a way to merge my deep love for nature with my passion for children in a way that can only be described as spiritual. To me this is not a job, it is a calling (that I would do even if I won the lottery)!

So now, after having moved from Maryland, South Africa, Virginia, San Antonio, Germany, Copperas Cove, Corpus Christi and finally to Austin, I am ready to call this place home and follow the direction of this path. I intend to use our programs as a vehicle to express my passion and enthusiasm for nature and education through the nurturing and care of the children in our communities, while sharing my knowledge and experience with their caregivers to the benefit of their children and our planet!

As my dad always taught me, "Always leave the campground a little cleaner than you found it", I'd like to leave this world a little better than I found it!

~Janine