Little Schoolhouse in the Woods is a natural, nurturing Farm and Forest School serving preschool age children, in the outdoor environment of Mount Airy forest. They provide a wholesome environment with plenty of healthy play in a beautiful setting. They are an exceptional outdoor program for early childhood. If interested please contact Ms. Lee and Mr. Jay at 513-481-4141.
If you are seeking exceptional care for your child, you have just found it! Inspired by Waldorf education and the Forest School movement, Lee and Jason Hamzy are educating young children on their picturesque property surrounded by Mt. Airy Forest. Focusing on early childhood, Ms. Lee (as she is known by the children) has years of experience running the extended care program at Cincinnati Waldorf School. Assisted by her husband, Mr. Jay (as Jason is called by the kids), they have a refreshing approach to early childhood.
Lee Hamzy (Ms. Lee) was Lead Extended Care at Cincinnati Waldorf School for 6 years before she left to become a mother for the third time. With numerous references and an empathetic demeanor, she has truly created a loving place for children to unfold in their own manner. Having been a foster parent for a period of time, opening her home to children has been an important part of her life. The philosophies of Rudolph Steiner, founder of Waldorf education, Helle Heckman’s early childhood approach, and programs like Lifeways are big inspirations for her approach to educating children. Creating a safe place for little ones to interact and participate in uninterrupted play is an integral part of what Ms. Lee does.
Jason Hamzy (Mr. Jay) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governor’s University in 2016. He holds a teaching license in Ohio for PreK-3rd Grade and an endorsement for 4th and 5th grade. After being a foster parent, he was inspired to pursue teaching as a career. The idea that a play-based outdoor education is ideal for early childhood inspires him. Making a positive difference in the life of a child is his greatest ambition.
Both Lee and Jason love the natural world, and hope to be able to share their love of nature with children. Call or email them for an opportunity to meet and discover more about what they have to offer your child. Accepting children ages 3 to 6, from 8 am until 4 pm, Monday through Friday, they provide nutritious snacks, generous outdoor nature time, and a rest each afternoon. This is not your typical preschool, but a unique approach to nurturing and guiding children towards healthy, happy development. Contact them today to find out more, and set up a time to meet them.