Let the games begin!

kmartin/ January 28, 2017/ Collingwood (Th), Fire Building, FSFNS Blog, Olympics, Past Stories, Physical Literacy, Teamwork, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, You could smell the team spirit in the air today! We hosted our first annual “Winter Olympics” and the Weather Gods were on our side bringing us snow!  Our students were put to the test today, mentally and physically and came out on top!  Before our games started we had to decide which countries our groups were going to represent, Canada or Switzerland!  We then proceeded with the

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Our “Winter” Olympians

fsforestschool/ January 26, 2017/ Fire Building, FSFNS Blog, Olympics, Past Stories, Physical Literacy, Teamwork, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Wow! What a wonderful day for our Olympics. Though we lacked the obvious winter appeal, we made up for it in high-energy games, creative play and an incredible spirit of the games! Upon arriving at Bygone Days, students were divided and asked to choose (or create) a country (Canada vs Nepal; Greece vs The Bernese Mountain Dogs) for the Winter Olympic Games. Our Olympians relayed the torch around the pond,

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Hibernate, migrate or keep active!

kmartin/ January 21, 2017/ Animal Tracking, Birds, Collingwood (Th), Fire Building, FSFNS Blog, Past Stories, Shelter, Survival, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi everyone! Today was packed full of exploration, curiosity and new skills!  With our focus on wilderness survival we decided to gear our day towards learning about our furry little friends and how they survive our harsh, Canadian winters.  Our students decided to start their day by working towards a new bead – “starting a fire without a match”.  What a great way to start our day. Thank you Lara for

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Subnivean Cities

fsforestschool/ January 19, 2017/ Animal Tracking, Birds, Food, FSFNS Blog, Insects, Orienteering, Past Stories, Survival, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hey Everyone, What an interesting day we had for our Winter, wait scratch that, Freezing Rain Survival days.  We went into this expecting to create quinzees and spend all day in the snow, but who could’ve guessed our snow would turn to ice so quickly!? So what can we do but make the best of the situation?? And that’s exactly what we did. Our day was focused on what animals

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Who needs snow for snowshoes…

kmartin/ January 13, 2017/ Animal Tracking, Art, Collingwood (Th), Fire Building, FSFNS Blog, Past Stories, Projects, Survival, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends! We would like to welcome back all of our students to Free Spirit Forest School for the winter semester and we are happy to introduce one of our newest teachers; Neal! This week was all about getting comfortable with outside travel.  We took time to set our intentions for Forest School meaning, how we treat fellow classmates and things we want to let go of either personally or

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Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland…

fsforestschool/ January 13, 2017/ FSFNS Blog, Past Stories, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

…with snowshoes! Welcome back everyone to our Winter Semester at Free Spirit Forest School – and what a great kick-off we had!  This week was all about getting comfortable and really enjoying the Snow – and evidently ice on Wednesday.  Though buses were cancelled both days, that didn’t stop us from exploring.  We built snow forts, went tobogganing, pretended to be animals lurking in the snow and much more. After

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