Yellow, orange, red leaf … it’s time to harvest!

Hello again! Fall is definitely here and that means that most of our plants in the area are ready for harvest! That’s exactly what our day was all about: fall harvest. Before we went off into the Heathcote gardens in search for ripe fruit and vegetables to pick, we first gathered some thoughts on what…

Rockin’ with Bass and cheering on Salmon

Hey Everyone! “It’s so… refreshing… just being in a canoe.” said one of our students while we were paddling on the Big Pond this week.  And we couldn’t agree more!  Our days were all about fish, fishing and paddling this week, but were very different from one another. So we’ll break it down by day. …

Risky Play: why we love and need it!

For children, outdoor play is a basic need and inherent to play is the necessity of risk.   Risky play takes many different shapes, but always involves pushing limits and comfort zones in a thrilling and exciting way.  It’s about testing oneself – and finding out what happens. During risky play, children not only experience an…

Fires and Shelters… and Bear-Hangs? Oh my.

Hey Folks! We welcomed Summer back (or for the first time??) at Forest School this week and took advantage of the beautiful, hot days to learn some important survival skills.  As we’ve said before, with emergent  interests, all of our days looked very different, but we’ll sum up the highlights here. After our core routines…

We are survivors!

Hello again! On this warm end-of-summer-day we sure had a lot going on! Our core group of kids were all present today, so after everyone had arrived and briefly met through some wild climbs and swings on the Tarzan rope, we began our day with our forest school morning routine: smudging. Our ‘old-timer’ forest school…

There’s a lot of noise in silence

Hey Folks! We’d like to extend a HUGE welcome to our new students and families and a welcome back to our returning students!  We had a good start to our first week at Forest School and luckily, though it called for rain, we seemed to miss the worst of it! This week we focused on…

Summer is over. So what?! Let’s begin Forest School!

Hello all! Cheers & a big welcome to all families, friends and of course to our students of this year’s fall semester in Heathcote! With help of this blog I will be posting about our fun outdoor activities and you will be able to follow our learning experiences as the fall semester unfolds. I’m very…