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…Continue
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OUTDOOR SPACES & CLASSROOMS
When children and nature mix, something magical happens. I am fortunate to witness that magic every day in our outdoor classrooms.
With Spring time just around the corner, what better time to start thinking about creating an Outdoor Space or Classroom.…Continue
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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…Continue
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©Erin Kenny 2013
November 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…Continue
This is one of my all time favorites. It has shapes, symbolism, friends and food.This year we had such good weather we made sure we got nature's full benefits too. So it's a great event all round in my book.
The Advent Spiral is an important part of the Steiner Waldorf…Continue
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Named the ‘Greenest School on Earth’ in 2012 by the U.S. Green Building Council, Green School is a pre-k through grade 12 international school sustainably built along a lush river in Bali, Indonesia. There, students are immersed in the natural environment, with bamboo classrooms that are…Continue
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©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…Continue
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Forest Kindergarten newsletter – Sept. 2013 ©Erin Kenny 2013
September was mostly dry and warm, with some drippy rain and foggy days. We had many barefoot kids right through the third week of September. In my experience, going barefoot is one of the most common experiences young children gravitate towards and these Forest Kindergarten children are all so thankful that they can go without shoes in the Cedarsong forest!
As the month progressed, the wet chilly weather…Continue
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Click Here! <-- Link to the Magnus Mud Run page on mytownpatriot.com. The Magnus Mud Run is put together by The Galloway Patriot, Galloway Township's hometown paper.
Please check out some awesome pictures from our June event in the album on my c&nN…Continue
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In America, we place such a huge value on measurable learning that we forget some times that children are learning every time they seem to be "just playing". There are wonderful ways to support the naturally scientific and inquisitive mind of a preschooler as is demonstrated in an excerpt from the Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten monthly newsletter:
"As the weather warms up, we have gotten out the paintbrushes several times to use with our black charcoal “paint”. The children…Continue
Spring has kicked into full bloom and our foraging opportunities have increased greatly. After the weeklong spring break this month, the kids immediately noticed two distinct changes in the plants: that there were pink flowers on the salmonberry and that the very red young tender new growth of the evergreen huckleberry leaves had shown up. We are enjoying the flavors of the leaf buds on the huckleberry, salmonberry, salal, and hazelnut. We have also found many fallen branch tips of the…Continue
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The first six years of a child’s life are really important in their development. Being in nature ia a really dynamic place in which to learn.
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The Forest Kindergarten model based on the German waldkindergartens is committed to flow learning and emergent curriculum. At Cedarsong Nature School, I make detailed notes in our nature journal about where the children's interest leads us each day and in the course of one month the curriculum emerges as follows:
Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Newsletter - May 2012
The sweet aroma of cottonwood infusing the forest air last month has been replaced by the delicate scent of the…Continue
The weather may be crazy this winter, but if it's nice, take advantage and get the kids outside to identify the early signs of spring with this Scavenger Hunt Guide.
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Mission:Explore is a project that we in The Geography Collective started in 2008. Since then we've published three children's activity books and are currently working on our fourth. Each of these books are full of ideas to encourage more outdoor play and learning. A big part of what we do uses a much…Continue
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Last month, whilst back home in Scotland, I heard about a primary teacher from Peebles who was running forest school classes. I was intrigued how she was able to incorporate such classes into the school curriculum and wanted to learn more. Here is my short interview I had with the wonderful and inspiring Annie Edgar. (Later in the week, I was fortunate to visit the forest where Annie holds the classes. I took my niece and nephews with me. We had the most magical time and…Continue
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WILD PLAY: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors, by David Sobel
(published by Sierra Club Books, April 2011):
Just as native plants are endangered and traditional cultures become globalized, a childhood of outdoor play is fading away. Outdoor play is like the forest that gets cut down lot by lot for the new housing development. Each…Continue
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Chat overheard near the Veterans Park Croquet area, Delray Beach, FL:
A wee girl flatly stated to her new student, "Be careful, sometimes I forget my sippy-cup on the grass."
The eldster student, securing his cup's lid, replied, "I've done that before."
The embolden girl whispered conspiratorially, "Also, I get sooo excited playing, I forget to go to the…