October 2013 Blog Posts (9)

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…

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Added by Erin Kenny on October 25, 2013 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Connecting with Nature

I've just read the RSPB’s report Connecting with Nature and it makes for interesting although perhaps not surprising reading......

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Added by Mudpie Mama on October 24, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments

A Journey in the Wilderness

A Journey in the wilderness: Essential milestone in a 21st Century Education?

 

"And so from the hills we return refreshed in body, mind and spirit, to grapple anew with life's problems. For a while we have lived simply, wisely and happily; we have made good friends; we have adventured well. The hills have taught us to be content in our faith and in the love of God who created them." (Frank Smythe…

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Added by Paul Fleischack on October 24, 2013 at 1:21am — No Comments

First Week of Forest Preschool at The North Branch Nature Center

I noticed two major signs of fall this week:  the temps were crisp and cool in the morning, and eager 3, 4, and 5 year olds started their first week of Forest Preschool!  Being outside the whole time, the children used their imaginations and took advantage of the forest to have a grand old time.
Our days always start with "Loose Parts Play."  As Forest Preschool teachers, we embrace the adage, "One man's trash is…
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Added by Amy Butler on October 21, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Building Our Play Spaces

 The Forest Preschoolers are active, imaginative, and LOVE to build.  They love to create their worlds, and will craft pretty much anything they can get their hands on into elaborate scenes.  Much of our mornings focus around building in some form, and pretty much everyone…
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Added by Amy Butler on October 21, 2013 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Quiet in the Forest

Quiet in the Forest

It's the beginning of all our ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) programs in surrounding schools and the students have fallen back into our outdoor learning routines beautifully. The crisp fall air, the stunning colors of autumn and…
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Added by Amy Butler on October 21, 2013 at 2:54pm — No Comments

One Step at a Time

The summit of Mount Monadnock was our goal on a sunny summer day. Friday night we camped at Monadnock State Park at the foot of this popular mountain. Monadnock is said to be the world's third most climbed mountain, behind Japan's Mount Fuji and China's Mount…

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Added by Ann Courcy on October 17, 2013 at 3:22am — 1 Comment

We are of the Earth

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I was writing notes for my speech for the Nature Education Conference in New Zealand and it sparked a visual idea that I had to draw. It seeded the theme of what will ultimately become the main thread of my talk.

We are of the Earth.…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on October 14, 2013 at 8:35am — No Comments

The Flipped Classroom: Fertile Ground for Teaching Environmental Education

There's a grassroots movement trending in communities across the country. It started with a handful of tech-savvy pioneers and a few innovative educators. Slowly, it moved in to the mainstream, catching the attention of parents and kids searching for a better way. Forward-thinking businesses and avant-garde entrepreneurs saw the immense, untapped potential and jumped on board. Now, it's cropping up everywhere.

 

No, people aren't protesting on the city green or picketing the…

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Added by Elizabeth Milli on October 1, 2013 at 8:03am — 5 Comments

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