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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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Within these categories you'll also find blog posts written by some special guests.

Want to find them straight away? Head to Guest Blogs

December 1, 2019

This is special. This incredible guest blog was written by Landere Naisbitt who I've have had the honour of working closely with over the past few years. She is an amazing Forest School practitioner, an incredible writer, and all around inspiring human being. This piec...

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...

October 11, 2018

"I'm going to build a dam!" a six year old named Carter said. And off he went to the stream where he started to move rocks from the stream bed, puzzle-piecing them together to form a small wall across the width of the water's path. 

The project soon gathered intere...

April 15, 2018

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 :)

It is only the third session in a new after school program. The children range in age between five and ten years old. They all attend the s...

April 29, 2017

Children look to us a lot for answers and guidance. They ask, “Can I do this?” or “Can I have that?” and rely on our answers as directives for what they should or shouldn’t do. They depend on us to be 'judges' who determine what is right or wrong. We also expect them t...

June 16, 2016

Our Forest School site was vandalised for a second time over the weekend. It had already been vandalised the week before (we'd originally had a log circle in place with woven fences around the edges creating a cozy base camp - this had all been destroyed). The fences w...

May 4, 2016

Disclaimer: This post refers to political issues affecting our global community. It is not intended to advocate or condone any particular political stance. It is purely just to recount a conversation I had with a boy at Forest School today.

I have mentioned Charlie...

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