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forest schooled

/ˈfɒrɪst skuːld/

 

1. educated or trained in the forest school ethos

2. taught a lesson related to forest school (the hard way)

3. challenged, educated, and humbled by the

features and forces of the natural world

I'm a Forest School Leader who started this blog while studying for my Level 3 qualification in the UK. At the time I was also working with children from a Primary Pupil Referral Unit. Now I work in a variety of settings utilising Forest School principles to help children develop confidence, self-esteem, empathy, and life skills. But whilst we're busy 'teaching' them, they 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!

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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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November 3, 2019

Well, I’m dusting off the ol' Forest Schooled keyboard. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog here. Life moves and sways, shifting where energy was once placed into other facets and callings. But I’ve missed it, missed writing, sharing, and connecting with all of...

September 1, 2019

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! 

Three and a half years ago I started writing Forest Schooled. It was purely a space for me to share stor...

June 30, 2019

There was a nest. It was high up in one of the pine trees. We thought it was just the remnants left over from the previous year until a raven swooped by and landed in it just as we were walking by with our group of kindergarteners during our “Forest Morning.”

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I've been branching out on blog writing and am sharing my stories on other pages in addition to Forest Schooled. Follow the link to find out if the forest is really magic on the blog for the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada!

Is the forest really magic?

January 21, 2019

I took a risk. It was the coldest day we'd had in the school year so far and nobody was quite back in the mindset of playing in cold weather. But the children had their coats and waterproof boots on and it felt like a great opportunity to go and visit the stream to not...

June 22, 2018

I've taken a huge leap in my practice recently. I've started telling stories. Now, I know that might not sound like such a big deal, but getting up the nerve to get up in front of a group and tell a story has been a real challenge for me! If you missed it, I wrote a bl...

August 26, 2017

Short on time? If you'd rather listen to this blog post as a podcast just click here! Or download it here to listen to it later :)

Being able to sit still and listen are good qualities. They require the ability to focus, to engage self-control, and also provide the oppo...

August 20, 2017

One of my favourite things is when you spontaneously have enough time to work on a really cool project. This past week at camp we had a few spare hours with a group of 8-14 year olds to hang out in the woods. A few of the kids were looking for something to do and, havi...

June 25, 2017

Being in a new place surrounded by people who are unfamiliar with Forest School has resulted in a few interesting conversations for me these past few weeks!

When people ask what I 'do' or 'did' for work, inevitably the term Forest School gets mentioned and then I find m...

June 4, 2017

When you play and learn outside frequently, you are bound to come across something dead. Animals move through their life cycle in the outdoors and along with scampering, eating, crawling, pooping and lots of other things we see them do (or leave behind evidence of) the...

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