That’s a wrap

What an AMAZING season we had at Forest School! Your child was able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of concepts learned throughout our Forest School in our culminating Amazing Race Challenge. Using their compasses and orienteering skills, they navigated through various team building exercises, survived a terrible storm in a shelter, and indulged in…

“Pond”er this!

Hey Everyone, We spent our days this week with two classical elements: Fire and Water (and I suppose the Earth and Wind as well).  After measuring our tomato plants for growth, it was time for the much anticipated attempt at the Fire Bead. After a review of the basic needs of fire (heat, oxygen, and…

Paddlin’

Hey Folks, We had the great opportunity to explore off property this week with a trip down the Beaver river.  Though we had two drastically different weather days, the result was the same: lots of laughs and some new hard skills.  We were treated to an abundance of wildlife – birds galore, fish, so many…

7 Grandfather Teachings

Hey Everyone, Our focus this week was learning more about Aboriginal Culture to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of our area.  As you know, each week we routinely begin class with a smudging ceremony using white sage.  The students are always engaged and respectful throughout this circle and have become quite the little experts…

Learning Blocks and Compasses

Hey Folks, Another fun-filled week of productive play and learning at Forest School, with a special contribution from Collingwood’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge who brought us their mobile Imagination Playground. We spent a solid portion of our day working collaboratively using the block-based system to build, smash and recreate various castles, towers, bird’s eye views…

Art Attack!

Hey Folks! At Forest School, we develop a lot of skills: physical and emotional intelligence, ecological literacy, and much more.  In more traditional school terms, we’ve had a heavy focus on Science, Physical Education, and English, with some Art and even Math included in there.  Usually, we pick a topic and focus our lessons around…

Water, water everywhere

Hey Folks, What a couple of beautiful sunny days we had at Forest School.  Our focus this week was learning about water, the water cycle and some creatures that call water home. We started off the day “becoming” frogs with a visualization  (turned into acting out) activity to set the tone.  After an inevitable frog…

Rock and Roll

Hey Folks! Our Forest School day this week was spent on our first all day outing.  Early in the morning, we loaded up the van and headed out to Metcalfe Rock, in the Kolapore Uplands.  This beautiful area in our own backyard runs along the Bruce Trail and smack dab in the middle of the…

Little sprouts

Hey Folks! We had another fun week at Forest School, with two unique days unfolding.  We’ll start with the similarities. Our focus this week was on seeds and plants, so we spent a bit of time in the classroom.  In a nutshell, the students learned and recorded the life cycle of a plant (sunflower) in…

Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories

Hey Everyone! We are once again happy to welcome new students to our program this week, and a big thanks to current students for being so welcoming. Given that this is Earth week culminating with Earth Day on Friday, we thought what better way to celebrate than understanding how to minimize our environmental impact through…

I speak for the trees

Hey Folks! It seems that spring has finally arrived which meant a couple of welcomed sunny, warm days at Forest School.  This week, we focused on trees – beginning with one of our favourite games, Sappy Sappy, to get the energy flowing. After our initial check-ins, smudge ceremony and some yoga, the students paired up…

Catch me if you can

Hey Everyone, First off, a big WELCOME to our new students! It seems like winter just won’t leave us alone – which we took full advantage of this week.  The fresh layer of snow was perfect for seeking out and learning about animal tracks. We began the day by checking “baited areas” to see if…