1. guided, challenged, humbled, and befriended
by the features and forces of the natural world
2. inspired by a forest school ethos, including reflecting on
and adapting practice to respond to community needs over time
3. taught a lesson related to forest school (the hard way)
My name is Caylin and I started this blog in 2016 while working towards my Forest School qualification in the UK. At the time I was also working with children from a Primary Pupil Referral Unit. Then in 2017 I moved to the homeland of the Abenaki/Abénaquis, part of Wabanaki Confederacy (which is also known to many as New Hampshire, USA); and then moved again in 2019 to the homeland of the Algonquin Nation (which is also known to many as Ottawa, Canada). This blog is a collection of stories I've gathered along the way, and they demonstrate how my understanding of Forest School has adapted and changed with the places I've lived. I claim to be an "educator" but the reality is that whilst I'm busy "teaching" others, the children and the Land are just as busy teaching me. This blog is all about the lessons I'm learning in the process and how, in essence, I'm getting "Forest Schooled".
Note: All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals mentioned in these stories.
Forest Schooled News:
Now Available: Forest Schooled, The book!
Okay, you know that feeling when you have an idea and then someday that idea becomes a reality? It's an amazing feeling and one I am so happy to share with you now! After years of writing Forest Schooled, my stories are now nestled within the pages of a brand new book alongside high quality full colour photographs I've lovingly taken over the years while out delivering programmes and exploring woodlands. I have rejoiced, cried, and stressed out while making this project come to life. It was a journey in and of itself to create a book about "my forest school journey." But hey, it wouldn't be Forest School if it didn't challenge, stretch, and transform us, right? After all that's the point of getting Forest Schooled... So I hope others will truly enjoy having these stories in print, to read, reflect, and continue to inspire each other to do this work. THANK YOU to all of you for your support in getting here. The book is now available for purchase through AMAZON.
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