Magnolia Waldkinder

Our mission: to empower children

Waldkinder at Magnolia is much like our preschool except that the children are older (ages 4-7). Translated “forest children”, these older children are given the opportunity for constructive and socio-dramatic play.  Executive function skills such as impulse and emotional control, flexible thinking, organization, and planning are honed as the children learn to work together with their peers deciding where to go in the forest and planning how they will spend their time together.  Our program is based on the Danish forest school pedagogy which supports the children in four learning processes: ‘to be able to’, ‘to experience’, ‘to enjoy’, and ‘to understand’.

Afternoon Class in Lynnwood

Location: Lynndale Park, Lynnwod, WA

2022-2023, Ages 4-7
Mon/Wed/Fri, 1:45-4:00 pm
Sept 12-June 16
(1, 2 & 3 day options available. Inquire: info@magnoliaforestpreschool.com)

Tuition: $340/month
Registration Fee $170, Materials fee $100, due at time of registration.

Contact Director: Kristina Owsinski, kristina@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

Afternoon Class in Poulsbo

Location: Kitsap Memorial State Park, Poulsbo, WA

2022-2023, Ages 4-8
Mon/Wed/Fri, 1:45-4:15 pm
Sept 12-June 16
(1, 2 & 3 day options available. Inquire: info@magnoliaforestpreschool.com)

Tuition: $320/month
Registration Fee $160, Materials fee $100, due at time of registration.

Contact Director: Angela Reed, angela@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

Teachers

Kristina Owsinski

Waldkinder Director

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Kristina Owsinski

Waldkinder Director

Kristina graduated from the University of Washington with a Communications and Gender Studies Degree and a Minor in Diversity. She is currently working towards her Early Childhood Education Short Certificate and hopes to apply for a Masters in Education in the near future.

Kristina is also a division 1 track and field athlete and a High School Pole Vault coach. Her coaching philosophies focus on equity, inclusion and personal development in the sport. She mentors youth athletes by addressing all parts of their identities beyond their physical performance. Her most memorable accomplishments as a coach are seeing young athletes' confidence and self-worth drastically improve overtime. She believes movement and being outdoors gives children the optimal space to expand their learning and grow a lifelong connection with the natural world.

In her spare time she loves cruising on her skateboard, hitting the mountain and learning new extreme sports. She is a food lover who ferments and pickles her own veggies. She also has her own jewelry making business where she expresses her creative side. She is looking forward to making a big career change and having the opportunity to mentor and educate children in an all outdoor setting.

Ly Duong

Preschool & Waldkinder Teacher

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Ly Duong

Preschool & Waldkinder Teacher

Ly is a co-facilitator and co-creator of communities and learning opportunities for early childhood-adult learners. She believes all beings are equal and deserve to be loved and cared for. That means inviting the presence of the whole self and the Earth in and within her work. She is centered on care, co-creation, and interconnection to make our own meaningful transformations.

In 2020, she came to the U.S. to pursue a master's at Portland State University, studying Leadership for Sustainable Education through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She also completed the Forest Therapy Guide training and is practicing as a certified Forest and Nature Bathing Guide. In both her personal and professional life, Ly has been weaving possibilities of who she is, what she has been dreaming, and what she has been doing. This possibility is guided by slowing down, observing, listening to wisdom from the Earth and others, reflecting, and connecting more deeply to ourselves, our communities, and our surroundings. And Magnolia provides the environment where she wants to learn and practice how we can all nourish and be nourished with the Earth.

Angela Reed

Waldkinder Director

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Angela Reed

Waldkinder Director

Angela graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Zoology and a music minor. Her years in veterinary medicine and wildlife rehabilitation satisfied her love of science, nature and caretaking. When she accepted a teaching position in her daughter’s toddler class, she fell in love with early childhood education.

Angela started as a “Science Days” docent at Magnolia, and felt inspired by the children’s imagination and cooperation. She values making connections with the kids and watching them have “light bulb” moments.

Her spare time is spent paddleboarding, playing music, making amigurumi, gardening and of course, playing outside with her family. Angela is looking forward to more discoveries in the forest with the children of Magnolia.

William Hutcheson

Waldkinder Teacher

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William Hutcheson

Waldkinder Teacher

William graduated from Olympic College in 2008 with a degree in Arts and Science with a special interest in both geology and biology. He started martial arts when he was young and eventually found a passion for it which led to becoming both a martial arts and fitness instructor for 15 years, helping guide children as young as two in developing important social, behavioral, and character development skills. It has been one of the most influential parts of his life growing up and he jumped at the opportunity to teach kids and fulfill the role of a mentor and fellow student.

A visit to his old elementary school helped him discover that it was time for a change of pace, which led him to Magnolia Forest Preschool, where he has been given a new opportunity to influence children in a different way, becoming a source of comfort and a guide for when they need him as well as a fellow student learning alongside them.

He believes in a hands-on learning approach and feels that there is no bigger motivation in learning than through having fun and making positive experiences, helping equip children with fundamental skills, and facilitating the time and space to practice those skills so that they can carry them for life.  As a father and husband, William has been a member of our local Poulsbo community for many years.

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Program Director

Laura Tetrick

Program Director
laura@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

Laura grew up in Poulsbo. She received her bachelor's degree in Geology from Whitman College. She moved back to this area because of how much she loves the local environment. She has worked at various camps and has taught outdoor environmental education, team building and ropes course classes. She also coached a local high school swim team. Most recently she has worked as a land surveyor which has given her the wonderful opportunity of seeing many hidden gems in Kitsap County.

Laura loves working outdoors and has an interest in education and nurturing children's development. Magnolia has all of these aspects. Laura enjoys the opportunity to watch children explore and discover their surroundings and their inner curiosity and love for play in nature.

Laura lives with her husband and two girls, ages 5 and 12. She enjoys gardening, trail running, hiking, CrossFit, and reading.

...to be able to

Our students encounter many opportunities to develop positive self image and self-regulation skills by using the forest to “test” themselves through physical challenges and creative endeavors while learning to work with their peers.

...to experience

The children experience the wonderment of being outdoors and the joy, happiness and sometimes fright that comes with it and the comfort in knowing that there are others around them to keep them safe.

...to enjoy

The forest provides a full sensory exposure for the students: its  sights,  smells, sounds, textures, and (sometimes) tastes.  Seeing the sun rays peeking through the majestic trees, listening to the different songs of birds, tasting the tartness of Salmon berries, and feeling the rough bark under hand and foot all give pleasure and enjoyment that is part of the learning process.

...to understand

What better place than the forest to learn the ‘mysteries’ of life-cycles, and the obligation we have to protect the environment that is so dear to us?  Finding a racoon skeleton raises important discussions about life and death. These discussions are often avoided by the other grown-ups in the children’s lives, yet they lead them to a deeper understanding of life and give the children an opportunity to talk about any number of feelings - fear, sadness, excitement, calm. Making space for these emotions develops empathy, a fundamental part of being human.    

Magnolia Waldkinder leads children to discovery, wonder, and connection with each other and the natural world, helping them gain physical, emotional, and mental resilience.
 “Prepare your child for the path, not the path for your child.”
“In the safety and freedom of the woods, [my child’s] little voice started asking for things she needed – and getting those needs met. Through climbing, exploring the natural world around her, her confidence grew. Magnolia’s style makes room for that.”
“One of the biggest leaps has been [my child’s] ability to communicate her emotions. Instead of endless tantrums or guessing games, [my child] has been able to clearly tell me what she’s feeling. Being able to identify a feeling is one of the first steps to working through it for her. This is a big deal in our everyday life, and I believe it’s truly added to her life in a dynamic manner. At Magnolia, I know I have a group of other caring adults in her life to help her learn to trust herself and others, during those difficult life moments.”
“ We look forward to the year, as well as the adventures of the K-8th program to follow. I want [my child] to continue to grow and learn to trust herself and grow into a confident child, and eventually young woman, with respect for life, others and the world around her. Those values are echoed by this school as well. Having the freedom to be 100% herself in a safe environment as she discovers who she is priceless.”
“Now, as a first time parent, I’ll admit, I had my doubts when it came to the theory behind child-lead learning, but I’m now sold on it. The confidence gained by learning to climb a rock transfers over to facing new learning milestones, like counting. [My child’s] imagination is free to expand with simple tools and toys, friends, fresh air, and the occasional snow ball. Imagination is the mother of invention. [My child] knows School is a safe place to make mistakes, explore, and grow.”
“I cannot say enough how much my child has grown since school started in September! She went from crying at drop off and clinging to a teacher, to confidently walking to a teacher at the start of a school day and strutting back at pick up.”
“[My child] has great stamina! Before Magnolia she wouldn’t walk very far and now she is able to hike up to 3 miles! She also has a longer attention span. She will stick with a task for 45 min or an hour. Again, before school she would flit from activity to activity.”

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We would love to meet you! Each campus welcomes new families for tours regularly so that you can see the forest school space, meet the site director, ask questions and get a taste for the Magnolia Forest Preschool experience!

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Forest school can be the perfect fit for so many children because it is uniquely tailored to support their strengths and interests. We look forward to connecting with you and your child further. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and hope to see you in the forest soon!

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