Wind Ridge Schoolhouse offers an unpaid post-baccalaureate preschool internship for educators interested in developing their practice in a nature-based setting. We also welcome student teachers and practicum students. The Schoolhouse aims to center learning - inside and outside - around nature. Children engage in high-level imaginative play and are encouraged to explore, create, and feel through play. Teaching interns will learn how to recognize and encourage high-level imaginative play and grow their understanding of how this type of play crosses and enhances learning in all the domains. Teaching interns will also have practice working with nature preschoolers in individual, small, and large groups.
A core value of the Schoolhouse is helping children grow their resilience, so teaching interns will learn to guide children to be self-trusting, independent, and pro-social. Teaching interns will also learn to manage risk, be introduced to operating a small, home-based preschool program, and have the opportunity to network with the larger nature play collaborative community in Duluth.
Teaching internships at the Schoolhouse are flexible, and can be crafted to fit your schedule and goals. We recommend spending at a minimum 10 hours at the Schoolhouse each week and participating for a duration of at least 3 months. Relationship building is a key component of working with young children, and for a teaching intern to fully benefit from this experience time spent connecting with the children is important.
If you are interested in learning more about the teaching internship or student teaching at the Schoolhouse, please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.