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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...

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 the blog for the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada!

Trusting Children to Resolve Conflicts in Play

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...

May 12, 2018

I feel like a bit of a Forest School hypocrite when I say that I've made conscious decisions about how to "structure" the Forest School sessions I lead. It feels hypocritical because Forest School is not really meant to be "structured." It's about being learner-led, fl...

October 8, 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 :)

Have you ever used or heard someone else use the phrase, "This is not a democracy" as a response to a child who is arguing with them about...

December 9, 2016

The children created a rope swing this week. The activity was inspired by a jump rope that had been thrown onto a branch and left dangling there. It was within easy reach if you stood on the picnic table that was nearby. Someone discovered it and decided it would make...

August 19, 2016

“I'm the mother and you're the baby,” said one girl to another.

“What am I?” said a third girl.

“You're the older sister,” replied the first girl, “We're going to the toy store. Come on baby, get in the car.”

The first girl (mother) then pretended to pick up the second...

March 16, 2016

Today's session was very different from last week's session (Thank goodness!!). The mud wrestling and associated traumas of the week before have led us to dub ourselves the “Swamp School Survivors”. Needless to say, the heightened emotional state of everyone at the end...

January 13, 2016

Back in October, I attended the Forest School Association Conference “Forest School: Play and Principles”. The workshop I went to was with an experienced Forest School Leader and was titled “The Quest for the Child Led Session”. The workshop leader had lots of inspirin...

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