March 7, 2017

We did it! We did winter Forest School!  I was nervous about taking a group of kids and expecting them to be outside for hours in weather that we normally hustle through to avoid.

I was wrestling with my own hesitations around safety and the practicality of playing outs...

November 12, 2016

Forest happy is what we call the feeling we get from spending hours outside exploring and playing.

There are lots of ingredients that get together to create a that forest happy feeling. Fresh air, adventure, lots of trees, dirt (mud or sand seems to make for a little ex...

October 23, 2016

Emergent learning and inquiry based learning can be difficult to quantify, especially in the context of play. During this fall session of forest school we have been blessed with wonderful weather that allows us to be outside, for the entire class, and frequently in the...

September 26, 2016

Soaking up the fall sunshine feels really important. Every day that we have a warm breeze and lots of light feels like finate now, like it might be our last one before the chill of winter. When we play in forest school the weather can really influence our mood and what...

September 7, 2016

As we approach the start of our first forest school session at Wild Child there is a lot of items on our checklists. Things that must get prepared or planned for. Things that must be checked off before we can begin our adventures. One such item is to ensure that the sp...

August 31, 2016

The very first forest school sessions will be starting in October and there is a lot of excitement about it. I've been asked about curriculum a few times. The answer is not a simple one.

What will they learn?

The short answer and the truth is, I don't know yet.

There are...

August 22, 2016

We are currently up to our elbows in elbow grease, however, it wasn't too long ago we were up to our elbows in mud.

Mud? Oh yeah. Mud. We love mud. We love dirt in general but we especially love mud. There is nothing more capable of bringing out our inner wild child tha...

August 3, 2016

Or Canola, basically the same thing right?

We are starting another week on the tail of a thunderstorm and riding the rolling clouds through the rain and hail. Even through what might be called miserable weather, I am so very excited to announce that we have cut through...

July 25, 2016

If you think about the word "wonder" you might find yourself thinking about things that make you think. Questions you have yet to answer. A sense of awe and imagination. A day dream into possibilities. In learning, a sense of wonder can drive you into curiosity and obs...

June 22, 2016

 It's been a grey rainy day here at the cabin and we've managed to make some discoveries that would have been impossible on a beautiful sunny day. We learned it can be sunny and it can be raining at the same time. That led to some questions and some hypothesis (yet to...

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