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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...

January 1, 2018

I thought, what better way to ring in a new year than with a fun and silly poem ;)

The ground is all covered

with brown leaves or snow

So we're muddy and cold,

wherever we go.

But the squelchy earth

and slippery ice

bring fun and adventure

that greatly entice.

The fire brings w...

July 2, 2017

I just finished my first week at a summer camp on an organic farm set amongst beautiful woodland and a nearby creek. It's an ideal setting to get kids outdoors with the opportunity to learn about and care for the farm's animals and produce. Although it might sound peac...

February 3, 2017

When I started this blog about a year ago, I assigned the term 'Forest Schooled' two definitions that made sense to me. You may have noticed these on the homepage:

1. educated or trained in the forest school ethos

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

September 1, 2016

When I say muddy learning, I don't just mean literally learning outside in the mud. It's not just about the messy physical aspect of learning. I'm also referring to the fact that learning isn't necessarily a clean mental process either...

For some reason, we humans like...

March 9, 2016

Today's Forest School with the PRU was a session I will probably never forget. This is for both good and also very bad reasons... We had torrential downpour of rain through the night and into this morning, causing very wet conditions and significant flooding in the woo...

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