Erin Kenny
  • Vashon, WA
  • United States
Share on Facebook Share

Erin Kenny's Friends

  • Karla Schiemann

Erin Kenny's Discussions

Forest Kindergartens as a valid early childhood education model
15 Replies

I just returned from the International Early Childhood and Nature Education conference in the Netherlands and Germany and was able to observe many waldkindergartens (Forest Kindergartens) there. Four…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stacy Evans Mar 9, 2012.

 

Erin Kenny's Page

Latest Activity

kocak ahmet left a comment for Erin Kenny
"Dear Kenny, I'm sorry to contact you unannounced through this medium. I am Kocak Ahmet a citizen of Ghana, presently, Managing Director Barclay's Bank of Ghana. I have in my bank a big amount of money that belongs to a customer Daniel…"
Nov 25, 2016
Erin Kenny posted a blog post

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - December

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter - December 2015By Erin Kenny ©2015 December in the forest was dark and foggy. We had several of the coldest days so far, with temperatures in the low 30’s (Fahrenheit). Our teachers had to work diligently to make sure the children stayed warm. We also kept open communication with the parents about what clothing was working and what was not. Because children this age (2-5 years old) are so tactile, they kept wanting to take off their mittens and we had to…See More
Jan 4, 2016
Erin Kenny posted blog posts
Nov 25, 2015
Erin Kenny posted a blog post

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - February 2015

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter – February 2015By Erin Kenny ©2015 February was again unseasonably warm and dry. Although we had some light morning frost towards the end of month, the forest floor has significantly dried out and we are beginning to shed our rain pants. We have noticed many signs of spring this month, including more insects, new birds, leaf buds and sprouts. The children have found worms and black beetles beginning to emerge from the ground. This gives us the…See More
Mar 17, 2015
Erin Kenny posted blog posts
Feb 12, 2015
Erin Kenny posted a blog post

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - LOVE those rainy days!

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter - October 2014By Erin Kenny ©2014It has been one wet month here in the Pacific Northwest! We’ve had record rainfall and have observed the highest levels in our mud puddle to date. The kids excitedly guessed each morning whether the puddle would be bigger or smaller than the last time they were at Cedarsong. There were many days when the kids ran right over to grab the painted measuring sticks to see how high the water was, always giving their best…See More
Nov 10, 2014
Erin Kenny posted a blog post

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's Emergent Curriculum - Feb. 2014

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten newsletter – Feb. 2014 ©Erin Kenny 2014 February weather ranged from freezing cold temperatures, with ice, snow, frost, and heavy winds to sunshine and barefoot days. Signs of spring are now everywhere throughout the forest: buds on twigs, alder catkins dropping from the branches, pollen visibly drifting through the air, leaves emerging on the elderberry bushes and nettles popping up here and there. Flying insects have emerged from hibernation and kids are shedding…See More
Mar 14, 2014
Erin Kenny posted a blog post

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's Emergent Curriculum - January 2014

Forest Kindergarten newsletter – Jan. 2014 ©Erin Kenny 2014 January in the northwest was quite warm and we actually had some barefoot days. The temperatures have fooled the plant world into thinking it is spring: the pussywillows are in bloom, the nettles are ½ inch tall, new grass is sprouting, the elderberry buds are opening, hazelnut catkins are dangling and there are buds on many twigs. Evidence of spring is obvious in the animal world too as we have suddenly heard the native song sparrow…See More
Feb 17, 2014
Erin Kenny posted a blog post

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's Emergent Curriculum - Dec. 2013

Forest Kindergarten newsletter –  ©Erin Kenny 2013 In the pacific northwest of the U.S., the time of winter solstice feels more like the middle of winter than the beginning. Our wet season begins in early fall and runs right through late spring! This year we have noticed some unusual activity in the plant world that seems to indicate spring rather than winter, such as new leaf buds emerging, hazelnut and alder catkins pollinating, increased bird activity and the presence of flying insects. The…See More
Jan 7, 2014
Suz Lipman commented on Erin Kenny's blog post Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - November
"I love reading about all the adventures at Cedarsong, Erin! You are inspiring so many to follow your lead into the forest for learning and development."
Dec 29, 2013
Erin Kenny's blog post was featured

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - November

©Erin Kenny 2013November was warm enough that we had several barefoot days in the forest. There was also a lot of wind, leading to daily accumulations of fir needles and small branches on the forest floor. We experienced many days of fog this month which led to opportunities to discuss what fog is. The children have noticed that the light in the forest is changing and the mornings are darker. This has been a great lead-in to talk about how the days are shorter now as we approach the winter…See More
Dec 29, 2013
Erin Kenny shared their video on Facebook
Dec 19, 2013
Erin Kenny shared their video on Facebook
Dec 19, 2013
Erin Kenny posted a blog post

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - November

©Erin Kenny 2013November was warm enough that we had several barefoot days in the forest. There was also a lot of wind, leading to daily accumulations of fir needles and small branches on the forest floor. We experienced many days of fog this month which led to opportunities to discuss what fog is. The children have noticed that the light in the forest is changing and the mornings are darker. This has been a great lead-in to talk about how the days are shorter now as we approach the winter…See More
Dec 6, 2013
Erin Kenny's blog post was featured

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's Emergent Curriculum - October

©Erin Kenny 2013 Autumn is palpable in the air and on the ground from chillier temperatures to permanently damp earth. We have all added more clothing layers this month and the children have been requesting their mittens more often. That being said, we also experienced several days this month when it was warm enough for the children (and two teachers) to go barefoot! The children are noticing evidence of the changing season and there is a lot of discussion centered around these changes. Where…See More
Nov 16, 2013
Erin Kenny posted a blog post

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's Emergent Curriculum - October

©Erin Kenny 2013 Autumn is palpable in the air and on the ground from chillier temperatures to permanently damp earth. We have all added more clothing layers this month and the children have been requesting their mittens more often. That being said, we also experienced several days this month when it was warm enough for the children (and two teachers) to go barefoot! The children are noticing evidence of the changing season and there is a lot of discussion centered around these changes. Where…See More
Nov 3, 2013

Profile Information

Title or Role
Principal
Organization
Cedarsong Nature School
Bio
I started the frist U.S. Forest Kindergarten, an entirely outdoor preschool 4 years ago, based on the German waldkindergarten model. I just retured from the international Early Childhood and Nature Education conference organized by the ature Action Collaborative for Children. I am a passionate advocate of the entirely outdoor preschool model and have become a speaker, consultant, and teacher trainer to share my love and expertise about this important early childhood education model.
Web site
http://www.cedarsongnatureschool.org
Facebook Account
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cedarsong-Nature-School/245446125183

Erin Kenny's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Erin Kenny's Blog

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - December

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter - December 2015

By Erin Kenny ©2015

 

December in the forest was dark and foggy. We had several of the coldest days so far, with temperatures in the low 30’s (Fahrenheit). Our teachers had to work diligently to make sure the children stayed warm. We also kept open communication with the parents about what clothing was working and what was not. Because children this age (2-5 years old) are so tactile, they kept wanting to take off…

Continue

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 11:44am

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - October

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - October 2015

Compiled from our daily nature journal entries throughout each month to document the learning

 

By Erin Kenny ©2015

 Although we had more rain this month, the temperatures stayed quite warm resulting in an explosion of mushrooms in the forest. The children were genuinely excited each time they discovered a mushroom and of course our teachers modeled their own authentic wonder and curiosity too. We…

Continue

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 6:41pm

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - September

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriculum - September 2015

Compiled from our daily nature journal entries throughout each month to document the learning

By Erin Kenny ©2015

The weather this month has been warm enough for many of the kids to strip off most of their layers including their footwear. It was only towards the end of the month that we began to notice signs of autumn. When we asked the kids how they knew the season had changed, they responded…

Continue

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 6:33pm

Children and Nature contributed to my Healing

I apologize that I have been so delinquent on my Blog posts. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last May and, after surgery, underwent 6 months of chemotherapy. I am finally finished with the chemo and it was grueling but the prognosis looks really good.

Now, I am back out in the forest with the forest kindergarten kids and it is supporting my healing immensely. Being in nature is profoundly therapeutic for me; and, I believe, for all humans. The slower pace of nature, the natural…

Continue

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 6:16pm

Comment Wall (3 comments)

You need to be a member of COMMUNITY FORUM to add comments!

Join COMMUNITY FORUM

At 10:06am on November 25, 2016, kocak ahmet said…

Dear Kenny,

I'm sorry to contact you unannounced through this medium. I am Kocak Ahmet a citizen of Ghana, presently, Managing Director Barclay's Bank of Ghana. I have in my bank a big amount of money that belongs to a customer Daniel B.Kenny, who happen to have the same name as yours and who has your country in his file as his place of origin, made a fixed deposit for 36 calendar months, valued at $8 ,400,000.00 (Eight Million Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Meanwhile, the fund is now without any claim because Daniel died in a deadly earthquake in China in 2008 . I want your cooperation so as to make the bank send you the fund as the beneficiary (next of kin) to the fund.

Since the last quarter of 2009 until today, the management of my bank have been looking for a means to reach his family so as to ascertain if he is interested in rolling over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdrawn but all effort have proved abportive because Mr Daniel never married or had children prior to his death. This transaction will be of a great mutual assistance to us. I am therefore, seeking your cooperation to present you as the SOLE BENEFICIARY so that my bank will transfer the fund to you.

I am not a greedy person, I'm suggesting we share the fund equal, 50/50% as my share will assist me to start a charity organization to help the poor and also start a business of my own. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. Kindly contact me via my Personal Email Address (kocakahmet95@yahoo.com) or you send me your email address for the details. At the receipt of your reply, I will give you details of the transaction, a copy of the Deposit Certificate of the fund and the Incorporation Certificate of the company that generated the fund. Perhaps, if this proposal offends your moral and ethical values, do accept my apology.

Thank you in anticipation of your positive cooperation.

Best regards,

Kocak Ahmet..
(kocakahmet95@yahoo.com)

At 4:38pm on December 22, 2011, John Thielbahr said…

Erin,

I am a fellow Washingtonian (Pullman) and have visited Vashon several times when a friend of mine lived there (Frank Hein).  I admire your work at Cedarsong Nature School's Forest Kindergarten.  I also serve as the Board President of Washington's Child Care Resource & Referral Network, a statewide support group for licensed child care professionals, working with the Dept. of Early Learning.  Your preschool is not part of our child care network, but I am curious about your views about Washington being selected for funding in the latest round of Race to the Top early learning funds.  Our organization will receive some of that funding to establish a quality rating system.  As a strong supporter of The Children & Nature Network,  I would love your thoughts about integrating what you do with what we do.  Perhaps you could contact me by email at john.thielbahr003@gmail.com.  All the best. jt

At 7:09am on November 5, 2011, Suz Lipman said…

Hi Erin! Warm welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm so glad you found us and are making yourself at home in discussions and groups. Our Early Childhood Resources group and our Natural Teachers Network will probably interest you, among others. (In fact, I'd like to move your discussion to the ECE group, with your permission and if you'll join ..) 

C&NN featured a news story about Cedarsong about a year ago, so many of us are familiar with your wonderful work. I hope you'll share your activities, ideas and photos with us and find this a rich source of resources. For any questions about the network, see our FAQ page or give me a shout. Hope to see you here again very soon. Cheers.

 
 
 

© 2017   Created by amy pertschuk.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service