Erin Kenny
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Forest Kindergartens as a valid early childhood education model
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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.


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Cedarsong Nature School
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.
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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…


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…


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…


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…


Posted on November 24, 2015 at 6:16pm

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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 ( 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..

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


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  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.


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