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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

January 5, 2019

This is a tough one for me to write, but here goes... 

One of my missions in Forest School and even through writing this blog has been to advocate for and provide opportunities for children to play... to play freely, with autonomy, and the time to pursue their own ideas...

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...

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...

April 18, 2016

It was number 2 out of 6 for my pilot sessions today! (See My Forest School Fledging for a rundown of what happened during session 1 last week). It was a good and enjoyable session with quite a few lessons that led me to reflect on the 6 Forest School principles. There...

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...

February 2, 2016

Lately, I've been engaging a lot with the concept of empathy. It's a word that is often overlooked, as if it is something innate, in us, therefore not worth discussing because 'we all should just understand'. What I am coming to understand, is that empathy IS in all of...

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