Juliet Robertson's Blog (16)

Waldkindergarten - Forest Kindergarten in Germany

This blog post has come from my regular blog, I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! But I thought visitors to Children & Nature Network might enjoy this too.

Whilst attending the 4th International Skogsmulle Symposium in Japan, several presentations were given. This is a guest post by Anita Egle, a Swede who resides in Germany and has run Skogsmulle sessions in Bavaria since 1989. It is a written…


Added by Juliet Robertson on February 9, 2013 at 2:17am — No Comments

Literacy in the Woods at the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery

Last Easter I was fortunate enough to spend a day at the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery in Fife. It was one of those magical days which remain etched in my memory for many reasons. I was particularly bowled over by the numerous examples of literacy happening spontaneously. Very often, this is a concern raised by educators and parents... are the core skills being covered such as maths and language and if so, how, when children are…


Added by Juliet Robertson on December 6, 2012 at 1:27pm — 6 Comments

Stones at Cowgate U5

Cowgate Under 5's Centre's outdoor space has undergone quite a transformation since the last time I was there. What really struck me was the sheer abundance of beautiful stones scattered around every nook and cranny...…


Added by Juliet Robertson on August 11, 2011 at 3:28am — No Comments

Frode Svane: Adventures in Snow Play

The big freeze continues here in Scotland. The snow remains and to celebrate this unique opportunity for outdoor play and learning is a guest post from Frode Svane.

Frode is both an architect and a pedagog, working with…


Added by Juliet Robertson on December 10, 2010 at 1:16am — No Comments

Nature Detective

A couple of months ago, Jenny over at Let the Children Play wrote a super post about spies. As a child, even in my teens, I loved codes, mysteries and the whole concept of spying.

Now completely unconnected to this, I gave my parents an environmental art calendar last Christmas. One of the photos was of a leaf, with a… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on November 2, 2010 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Outdoor Learning CPD for Teachers across Scotland

Calling all Scottish teachers! Learning and Teaching Scotland have just published a programme of outdoor learning CPD sessions. The programme can be viewed or downloaded from the Outdoor Learning Events webpage. Every school in Scotland has been sent a flier about these events.…


Added by Juliet Robertson on October 25, 2010 at 1:16pm — No Comments

What would you do with this space?

Hello Everyone

I wondered if you could help a couple of friends who have no pre-school experience and want to develop this outdoor space for visiting groups of 3-6 year olds. It's part of an outdoor education facility that is an old converted school.…


Added by Juliet Robertson on September 20, 2010 at 11:32pm — 4 Comments

Nature Nurture - It really makes a difference!

Sometimes there are days that I wish would never end. I want to savour the magic of the moment forever. It's hard to describe what makes a perfect day as these are always a unique relationship between the people, the activities and the places that they happen.…


Added by Juliet Robertson on August 8, 2010 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Mud Pies - Family Woodland Fun

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to share my latest blog post with you as it's so relevant for C&NN Connect.

In the woods of North East Scotland you may find a wee surprise. Several days a week, Mandy Tulloch, founder of Mud Pies organises family woodland sessions for 2-5yr olds and their parents and carers. These woods echo with the… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on August 2, 2010 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Ask Robert Gibbs About the Oil Spill

Hey folks - I just got this message on Facebook:

After President Obama's Oval Office speech tonight, WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will be answering questions…

Added by Juliet Robertson on June 15, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Outdoor Play at Cowgate U5 Centre

Hi Everyone

It's not often I flag up a posting on my blog. But this week I have a guest blogger, Lynn McNair, who runs the Cowgate U5 Centre in the heart of Edinburgh.

The place is an inspiration. Please do share this link with others. And have a look too! Nature play outdoors is a key theme.


Added by Juliet Robertson on May 22, 2010 at 8:41am — No Comments

Trolls, Treasure and Outdoor Learning!

A focus on trolls can be a lot of fun. Trolls are part of Scandinavian folklore and any child who has read the films or read the Harry Potter books knows a little about trolls. This posting is the latest on I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!…


Added by Juliet Robertson on February 6, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Bad weather, clothes, activities and parents

Last Friday my son’s school finally opened its doors to welcome the pupils back for a seasonal start amidst the snow. It was - 13° Centigrade. Being in S2, appearances are important. One unspoken teen social rule is to wear the minimal amount of clothing that your parents will let you get away with. I reckon it’s a self-inflicted rite of passage. So MJ eschewed the fleece pullover, thermal underwear, spare socks and a pair of gloves that I strongly advised him to wear. He wore a winter coat and… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on January 10, 2010 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

An email I received that I thought you might enjoy reading

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's and early 80's !

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on November 24, 2009 at 9:17am — 4 Comments

Conkers Part 2

This posting looks at games for groups of children which can be played with conkers. It's from my own blog, "I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!"

Pass the conker

Everyone stands in a circle holding a conker in each hand behind their backs. An adult or a child who isn’t part of the circle counts to twenty quickly. The children in the circle, close their eyes and start passing conkers to their left as… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on November 6, 2009 at 2:21pm — No Comments


Last week I was on a secret mission. Deep in the woods outside Inverurie, there are some horse chestnut trees which always have a good supply of conkers. Under the pretence of taking my dog for a walk I took a bag and set off during the middle of the day to add to my collection.

As I approached the trees, my apprehension grew. Year after year, I suffered disappointment as a child, usually being the last to get to the conker trees and having the tail-end pickings. At first glance when… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on October 28, 2009 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

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